Google is honoring Emmy Noether on what would be her 133rd birthday. The doodle that the company has placed on its search page is one that exhibits what her life was, and what she dedicated her life to. The German Mathematician was one of the most prolific minds in the math world and contributed greatly to what would eventually become the common teachings of years to come.
She was born on March 23, 1882 and pushed forward in the world of mathematics, as well as physics – even as the developing world regularly shunned women. It was something of a rarity to see a woman, in her shoes, move forward and push the world of physics and math forward like she did. Even more impressive, she battled other issues as well – like the fact that she was Jewish – and living in Germany.
As if her resume wasn’t impressive enough on its own, Albert Einstein referred to her as “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.” That high praise wasn’t something that she was necessarily accustomed to either, until later in her life. However, what she did wasn’t something she did out of the desire for money, fame, or fortune.
She taught for 7 years without earning a penny from doing so, something that many considered to be one of the most impressive feats of her life – to date. However, her career wasn’t exclusive to Germany. Rather, when Nazi rule began in Germany, she left for the United States – when she began teaching at Bryn Mawr College. The designer of the doodle pointed out that, in this doodle, each circle symbolizes a branch of math or physics that Noether devoted her illustrious career to.”
Ultimately though, the most impressive praise she ever received were different words spoken by Einstein. He said, “In the realm of algebra, in which the most gifted mathematicians have been busy for centuries, she discovered methods which have proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians.”
However, it would seem that, above all else, she was impressively humble. The force that she was in the world of physics and math was something that hadn’t ever been seen before. Thus proving just how much importance she really had on the world, as we know it today.