Alessandro Volta, born on this day in 1745, is credited as inventing the battery, and of course gave his name to the unit of electrical potential. The Google doodle today, which lights up and flashes (click on screenshot below to see it) honors his 270th birthday.
Over at Google, the artist, Mark Holmes, explains how he researched and then made the doodle, rejecting several designs. But in a Guardian piece called “Alessandro Volta, a welcome but misleading Google doodle“, Charlotte Connelly carps that the doodle falsely implies that Volta invented the light bulb. (To be fair, she spends most of the piece recounting Volta’s story.) But Jebus, if you click on the doodle, which you should always do, it takes you to a whole pile of information on Volta. Don’t people want to know more than gawk at the lights?