Google’s iconic doodles have a great track record of highlighting important but often obscure figures in science, social justice, and other human endeavors. Today’s colorful doodle casts a well-needed spotlight on Emmy Noether, an influential German mathematician who made groundbreaking contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics.
Some of the greatest minds of the time, including Albert Einstein himself, owed a debt of gratitude to her pioneering work. As the Washington Post notes:
“In the judgment of the most competent living mathematicians”, penned [Einstein], “Fräulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.”
After a lifetime of being discouraged and disallowed, underpaid and unpaid, doubted and ousted, Emmy Noether had reached the pinnacle of peer respect among her fellow giants of mathematical science.
“In the realm of algebra, in which the most gifted mathematicians have been busy for centuries”, Einstein continued in his letter, “she discovered methods which have proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians”.
Read more about her delightful doodle, as well as the accomplishments it highlights, here.