Google pays tribute to Famed Scientist Joseph Plateau through the Google doodle animation

Commemorating the speciality of the days of worlds’ importance through the altering logo has been one of the interesting things Google been doing through the google doodle! It is a very special and unique way to temporarily change the google homepage logo to celebrate many notable events, personalities and festivals. And Monday morning, the googlers saw the homepage logo had been replaced temporarily with an animation representing the antecedent of the modern cinema, a spinning disc.

This was the contribution by a Belgium scientist Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau who has always been hugely credited for this amazing invention. The spinning disc is termed to be phenakistiscope which has helped every revolutionary artist’s perspectives to pave its path towards modern cinema.

The Google doodles have always been a sight of ecstasy and interest because of its unique representation. Also, they have been a source of information that we, as inhabitants of this world, must be aware of. Phenakistiscope is a device which contains two discs which are mounted on the same axis.

This applies the perception of motion and through this creates and uses the concept of illusion. These discs were the one where the first disc had slots and the second had successive images of the action and both when were moved in the same direction; there was a moving image of the successive action on the second disc which was visible through the slots of the first disc.

Joseph Plateau, who was a Belgium scientist and mathematician was credited to be one of the foreseen people who had created the concept of image in motion. He was someone who had researched optics and also had extensive comprehension about the formation of image, the intensity duration and colours regarding the formation of the images.

He also had elaborate awareness about the phenomenon of capillary action and surface tension. Existence of minimal surface with a very defined and constrained boundary was a mathematical problem that was named after him. He had conducted several experiments on soap films through which he formulated plateau laws.

Google has celebrated this 218th birthday today and has designed a phenakistiscope animation as its Google doodle. However, Google itself didn’t mention that Joseph Plateau was not the only person who had contributed towards this revolutionary concept. The concept of phenakistiscope was one of the famous coincident inventions, which as a rare but most well-known simultaneous invention.

The other inventor was Austrian professor Simon Stampfer who had also been successful in deciphering the same concept of optical illusion. This invention also included the descriptions of the experimentation from the Mark Roget, who was a renowned British scholar and was exampled by the scientist Faraday who had performed a mechanical instance of the same concept of illusion. 

Monday’s doodle did shine the brightest and out its light on one of the most celebrated scientists of all time. This has been a special doodle on its own terms because it was the first of its kind which had different artwork relating to the same topic over the different platforms like desktop, mobile and its own dedicated search application. The much talked about animation was made by the animator and film-maker Olivia Huynh, who has very well put the idea of Plateau’s invention into an amusing and interesting doodle.

Like the modern-day GIFS, this is also a continuous shot of images that has replaced the Google logo. Apart from this, Google has also some other doodles that have depicted the importance of October 14th. There are two other remarkable doodles google has shown us today representing the Poland Teacher’s day and Belarus Mother’s Day 2019. People would always remember the greatness of scientists and their inventions just by the memory of spectacular doodles. Its indeed amazing to realise that!

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