Google Doodle

I know it’s a long way till Friday, but this gag deserves a Monday mini-fillip:

Google is honouring the birthdate of Isaac Newton today. They’ve got a special doodle for the purpose. Give yourself a treat and go to the Google home page, and once there, roll the cursor over the doodle.



  1. It’s either a MacIntosh or a Delicious. It’s Google trying to tell something else,too?

  2. Well if it is one of those varieties David, then Google has stumbled. It can’t be a McIntosh, since that variety was first discovered in 1796 by John McIntosh near Dundela, Dundas County, Ontario, nor can it be a Delicious, since that was discovered in about 1880 growing as a shoot from a rootstock by J. Hiatt, near Peru, Iowa.
    I was always told that Newton would likely have encountered a Pippin, though there were seventy-eight varieties in 1688. Curiously in the US, Pippins have been known as Newtons, since 1759.
    Not having JSTOR access, I can’t read Newton’s Apple by D. McKie and G. R. de Beer in the Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Oct., 1951), pp. 46-54 but Patricia Fara in Newton: the making of genius at p. 198 states confidently that it was a Pride of Kent or Flower of Kent as it was sometimes called. The story apparently originated with Voltaire.
    Finally for lawyers, the entire anecdote is discussed by Gummow J in an entertaining aside on the patentability of Sir Isaac’s insight – see Advanced Building Systems Pty Ltd and ANOR v Ramset Fasteners (Aust) Pty Ltd S19/1997 (5 August 1997)

  3. That’s marvelous information, but responsive only if we assume I was using the names of apple varieties to refer to apples. [g]

  4. And that Googe was, too.

  5. Somehow I knew that Apple fans are always different. It’s something about the operating system, as the other Simon will doubtless tell us residents of planet Microsoft.