For news searches I use Bing first, then Google. For general web searching, I usually use Google. I do pay attention to their often changing ‘doodle’ above the search box. I look at it, usually can decipher it — but not today’s. Today being August 12, 2013 (since Google crawls my site 3-4-times a day) but fortunately, the LA Times has the explanation and as an amateur science and physics buff, I probably should have figured it out. But, I don’t know or try to know birthdays.
Maybe you thought it was some indecipherable math and a cat, but today’s Google doodle is a playful birthday homage to Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger, a pioneer in quantum physics born on this day in 1877.
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In the quantum interpretation of reality, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead until the experimenter “knows” whether an atom inside the box has decayed - and thus emitted a particle that tripped the hammer and smashed a vial of poison. It was Schrodinger’s playful jab at the prevailing interpretation of the indeterminate behavior of fundamental particles: a quantum particle exists in many possible states until the moment we observe it.
Not that I get a lot of comments to begin with, but I suspect there are only a handful of you who would even care that someone at Google would think of a tribute like this.