Google Doodle Celebrates Johann Carl Friedrich Gauß’s 241st Birthday


Google commemorated the 241st birthday of mathematician Johann Carl Friedrich Gauß by releasing a great drawing that showcased his career.

Analyzing The Photo

Graphic designer Bene Rohlmann transformed Google's logo into an excellent piece of artwork that showcased Gauß's history and contributions to math and science. Frist, Rohlmann placed Gauß's profile photo to represent the "G." The first "O" is represented by several stars, a giant planet, and two smaller planets that were orbiting around it. The second "O" was a heptadecagon, which is a 17-side geometrical shape. The second "G" was transfigured into a bell curve, while the telescope represented the letter "L." Finally, the triple bar, which was used primarily in math and science.

Who Was Gauß?

Gauß was born in 1777 in Brunswick, Germany. His family did not have any proper education due to their impoverished background. However, it did not stop him from pursuing an education. When Gauß grew older, he showcased his innate ability to harness mathematics. At just 7-years-old, the mathematician proved that he was able to solve complex math problems in his head.

During his teenage years, Gauß became the very first person to implement quadratic equations. He also solved an essential mathematical concept that even left the Ancient Greeks bewildered. At the University of Göttenberg, Gauß used a straight edge and a compass to draw out the heptadecagon. He published in findings in algebra, geometry, and number theory in his very first book, Disquistiones Arithmeticae, in 1801.

Gauß The Scientist

Gauß was also passionate about numerous scientific topics. UPI noted that he rediscovered the dwarf planet Ceres and created the heliotrope, which scientists use to measuring the sun. He also discovered findings on numerous subjects such as cartography, magnetism, and electricity. In 1809, Gauß released another book regarding astronomy. He passed way in 1855 due to a suspected heart attack.

"The name of Gauss is linked to almost everything that the mathematics of our century has brought forth in the way of original scientific ideas," said Leopard Kronecker, a 19th-century German mathematician in a quote found by Time Magazine.

Additional Google Doodles

Gauß is not the only scientist that had a Google Doodle drawn for them. Celebrated primatologist Jane Goodall was highlighted this past Earth Day. Goodall is known around the world for her research with chimpanzees. Through her work at the Jane Goodall Institute, she continues to empower people by educating them about conservation and improving their links with both the animals and their environment.

On March 21, Google recognized Mexican astronomer Guillermo Haro to commemorate what would have been his 105th birthday. Throughout his career, he changed the course of astronomy by discovering planets and stars in the 1950s. Some of his key findings include flare stars in the Orion constellation, the T Tauri stars, and the Haro-Chavira comet.

On Jan. 9, Google honored Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Har Gobind Khorana with a doodle to commemorate what would have been his 96th birthday. Khorana won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968 with fellow scientists Robert W. Holley and Marshall W. Nirenberg. The trio was awarded for their working in expanding the human genetic code. They found that the nucleotides in human DNA determine how the body builds amino actions, which eventually leads to cell production.

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