I want to start this rather short post with a very bold statement. Pi is beautiful!
Today is the 3/14 which means it is Pi Day and you would expect that a technology company that has maths coursing through its veins would actually celebrate Pi Day but Google would rather celebrate Akira Yoshizawa’s work by creating a doodle and sticking it on its homepage. The sheer beauty of this mathematical constant deserves a doodle let alone its importance in our everyday lives. Google should have created a doodle for Pi Day not because of Pi’s beauty but because Pi is enters all branches of science, be it mathematics, theoretical physics, chemistry and astrophysics.
My question is simple. Why should a tech company who hires thousands of math boffins celebrate Akira Something and not our beloved Pi Day?
Surely, Pi has contributed more to the humanity than Akira Something. No wonder why one of their ex-employees state that Google is no longer a technology company – read “Why I left Google“.
James Whittakers puts it in really simple words, he says “the Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.”
I raised this issue on Google+ and John Mueller who works at Google replied saying:
“Doodles are the fun, surprising and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists. We’ve had a doodle for “pi-day” before, we generally don’t want to limit ourselves to repeating the same event every year. Also, if you’re aware of a significant event that you feel is worth celebrating as a doodle, let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org!”
I have nothing against this Akira guy, but as a scientist I find it really annoying when thing like this get overlooked.
To those of you who love Pi, happy Pi Day.