13:46 15 April 2013
Search engine giant Google is honouring the mathematician Leonhard Euler and his 306th birthday anniversary with its latest animated home page. The man, who died in 1783 and who was from Switzerland, is considered to have been a great mathematician.
The doodle, whereby the third letter of GOOGLE differs from the rest, appeared on the site on Monday, 15th April, 2013.
It is understood that Leonhard Euler helped with certain mathematical notation.
There are two numbers that feature his name;
(The latter is known as the Euler-Mascheroni Constant)
Having been born in 1707 in Basel, during his lifetime Leonhard Euler contributed greatly to infinitesimal calculus as well as graph theory.
Leonhard Euler’s work also included algebra, geometry and trigonometry among other things. He also worked on and added to certain areas of physics.
Other Google Doodles this year include; the 150th anniversary of the London Underground (on January 9th), Valentine’s Day and George Ferris (14th February), and Nicolaus Copernicus’ 504th birthday (on 19th February), among others.
Prior to this, a Google Doodle celebrated the Brothers Grimm and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ towards the end of last year among others.
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