Heinrich Rudolf Hertz Google Doodle Update

Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 22, 2012
Categories: General News

We have reported earlier today about the latest Google Doodle update. The

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz

Google Doodle. Some of my


Circle Members started an interesting discussion surrounding the accuracy of the Google Heinrich Rudolf Hertz Image and if the Google Doodle Creator should have taken more care to create a more realistic looking image.

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz

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and let us know if you like the image or not. If you think it served it's purpose today telling ordinary people about the significance Heinrich Rudolf Hertz played in the history of the world.

Who are Heinrich Rudolf Hertz

In this article we will only provide you with a basic overview of Heinrich Rudolf Hertz for more indepth information about Heinrich Rudolf Hertz you may want to visit wikipedia where you can learn more about Heinrich Rudolf Hertz and get more expert information about him.

"Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (22 February 1857 – 1 January 1894) was a German physicist who clarified and expanded the electromagnetic theory of light that had been put forth by James Clerk Maxwell. He was the first to conclusively prove the existence of electromagnetic waves by engineering instruments to transmit and receive radio pulses using experimental procedures that ruled out all other known wireless phenomena. The scientific unit of frequency — one cycle per second — was named the "hertz" in his honor." - Source Wikipedia

Google+ Discussion on Heinrich Rudolf Hertz

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Google Doodle Update: Heinrich Rudolf Hertz

Today it is techie day at the Google Doodle Graphics Factory. In honor of Heinrich Rudolf Hertz Google changed its logo to a frequency wave. This is part of the discoveries Heinrich Rudolf Hertz discovered. At the time of his discoveries he did not think much of his own work.

Yet still today his name is synonymous with some of the most important technologies of our time.

When I first opened Google this morning and I saw the Radio frequencies and the name Heinrich Rudolf Hertz I had no idea who Heinrich Rudolf Hertz is. Yet without knowing his name I have talked about his discoveries and inventions millions of times. Heinrich Rudolf Hertz is synonymous with terms of electrical frequencies and his surname is the naming convention for electrical frequencies: Hertz as in Kilohertz (kHz) and Megahertz (MHz).

Christian Klüber's profile photoChristian Klüber - I'm afraid it wasn't a "techie" who designed this doodle - the curve is not a sinus curve but just a number of halfcircles patched together by somebody who had not even a high school level understanding of physics.

Seeing this, Hertz would probably start crying...


Jeremy Harding's profile photoJeremy Harding - Absolutely right. It's not at all a plausible wave - it should be much closer to a sine/cosine curve.


Victor Zamanian's profile photoVictor Zamanian - Relax +Christian Klüber, I'm sure Hertz would have been man enough to appreciate the sentiment rather than start weeping like a little girl. Are you kidding me? What an honor to be commemorated by the entire world.

Christian Klüber's profile photoChristian Klüber - Honor? Yeah. But it's a bit like inventing the wheel, and then being commemorated using an hexagonal logo...

Alexandre Fernandes's profile photoAlexandre Fernandes - Really strange. I thought they modulated his name or something ( Google, for example), but worths the honor.

Victor Zamanian's profile photoVictor Zamanian - Yeah, except not as extreme. Geez, I hope Hertz himself wouldn't be so nit-picking that he would feel insulted by this. If so, I would have little respect for him.

Thomas P.'s profile photoThomas P. - Honour ... All individuals, being put on display with a Google Doodle, are undeniably dead!

I'm not sure if to laugh or cry, when seeing a train of circles & ellipses having been cut in halves and glued together ... and rubber-stamped with "Hertz". - I guess it's just another proof under the bridge on how secluded the Doodle artists are from the rest of Google (too many engineers employed inside Google for otherwise catching that piece of art's very loose correlation with the name: Hertz) Well, the Doodle looks nicely moving & coloured (but bear absolutely no resemblance to any technical signalling forms) - so, I guess we could say that it falls under a bozo modulation class ... hmm - let's call it AIM (AIM: Art Infested Modulation, covering signal trains with zero technical value) BTW: Being slightly geeky, I pulled my stopwatch on the Doodle .. (I measured T=5s) ; and so that Doodle either got f=200mHz or someone in Google should tell the Doodlers that an oscilloscope rolling like that got a trigger issue, a drifting PLL, ... (get it fixed) And ... +Gerald Ferreira , don't get this the wrong way (after all, we can not all have a degree in engineering) but - drop the guess-workings & ramblings on topics where you really don't have a clue. to put it mildly, I'm very little convinced on how much you know about Hertz's field of work


Michael Crooks's profile photoMichael Crooks - I agree with, Christian Klüber and Jeremy Harding; it really should be a Sine Wave.

The Google Doodle Wave to honour Mr Hertz, seems to have been too quickly put together, and with little research. It is the most unnatural wave I have ever seen. It looks like a bunch of half-circles, and stretched half-circles hastily pasted together.

I get the varying amplitude bit, but that can also be accomplished with a true Sine Wave (just as RF Sine Waves are "Amplitude Modulated" in A.M. Radio transmissions, since the beginning of audio radio!

Victor Zamanian's profile photoVictor Zamanian - And then he links to Wikipedia. ^^

Guys, it's art. The purpose of the doodle is not meant to be accurate, it's meant to be artistic. Can we, as academics/scientists/engineers drop the stick-up-our-ass attitude and just enjoy the occasion? Never mind frequencies and z-transforms and Fourier-transforms and all that jazz. It's a piece of art that looks kind of like a wave function but isn't really one. Deal with it.

sarif sorkar's profile photosarif sorkar - thanks

Hunter Larco's profile photoHunter Larco - clearly this "wave" is a representation of google's logo. If you look carefully you can see it

Henrik Blitger's profile photoHenrik Blitger - Talking about no "techie" desgning the doodle. It was probably meant to say megahertz but it is actually saying milihertz. That's a pretty low frequency 🙂

Thomas P.'s profile photoThomas P. - +Victor Zamanian , There's is absolutely no doubt that the Doodle falls under the art category (and I don't think anyone would deny that) The problem is that casual Google users (like humans are most) don't generally make any attempt to drill into information served "in-their-face" (unless the source is well known as being untrustworthy to them, - and Google is generally not know as untrustworthy) . The human brain does however tend to pick up pieces of information - and so, ... Google is in effect aiding in building bogus/crap/false-knowledge into the population of the world by their insinuating Doodle(s) The problem is that facts accumulate, and the more people accumulating same set of bogus facts (and possibly also making same deductions, and thus constructing more "facts") , the more screwed the world is going to get.

In that respect, then Google is in a somewhat unique position (by emitting information on truly global scale & reach) to either making good or the opposite (by laziness/ignorance) An example from the real world of bogus common knowledge having spread through media (and likely also subsequent mouth-to-mouth ... though not really directly coupled to Google ) is the word "bandwidth". Many (most?) people think that "bandwidth" is alias of "speed" when talking about technical digital communication channels (like manifested in their modem/router/NIC) ... It's actually gone so bad, that even some manufacturers of network equipment is nowadays using the term "bandwidth" to mean raw channel capacity in their technical specifications Why/How did it come to this(?): It's certainly not because "bandwidth" is a shorter or a generally more familiar word than the word "speed". I'd say that the explanation is extremely likely found by observing the terms used by media (newspapers, magazines, advertisers, ...).
... (semi-off-topic: it's actually a bit of a deja vue: When analogue modems ruled the world, then there was a long period of time where modems were sold as being e.g. "14.4 kBAUD" or "28.8k BAUD" )

Victor Zamanian's profile photoVictor Zamanian - +Thomas P. Okay. So what false knowledge do you consider today's Google Doodle to perpetuate? That all signals look like a bunch of connected semi-circles? Like I said, this is art. The purpose of art is not necessarily to educate, nor to spread facts in general. Its purpose might even be to provoke! Which, if it were so in this case, it would've done quite splendidly for those who are apparently missing the point.

I wouldn't say that the problem is that media is using the terms incorrectly. I would say that the problem is that the people who talk about these things withthe media are using terms that reference things that are not even in the vocabulary of the people in media. They have no idea of what "bands" we are talking about when we are talking about their width. They have no idea of what is actually being sent through the "tubes". They just don't know. We need to, rather, find words/units that make sense to the average person rather than chastise them for using our technical jargon incorrectly. Such was probably the case when truncating the "BAUD" from "28.8k BAUD", where only a magnitude is left.When I was in high school and my friends were comparing Internet connection speeds, they were talking about their speeds in terms of minutes required to download a ~700 MiB feature film. People need to convert technical jargon into practical and meaningful things, so they attribute them to such things, naturally. We will likely never see the day when all technical jargon is used correctly. All we can do is to educate those who are interested, and leave everyone else alone to read up on Wikipedia or something. Most importantly, don't go on a rage about it. :PPS: I'm not really used to your unusual style of editing. Are all those long chunks of italicized text quotes or just you being very emphatic during long sentences? It kind of looks a little bit like you are whispering. 🙂