The Google Doodle for S.P.L. Sørensen: Remeber when they said that science need not be boring, well I guess they were talking about Google Doodle. On Tuesday, 29th March google honored Danish biochemist Søren Peder Lauritz Sørensen, who was responsible for introducing the pH scale with an interactive doodle.
Before we go further, let’s check out the Google Doodle for S.P.L. Sørensen
Let me bluntly honest, I distinctively remembered the pH Scale but did not remember the man behind it. So after I had my fun with the Google’s made shift pH Scale I googled Søren Peder Lauritz Sørensen. As google intended me and everyone else too, I found something noteworthy about pH
But first, those who do not remember tempering with pH scale in the chemistry class – The pH scale is used to measure acidity and alkalinity of substances ranging between numbers 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Substances with pH number greater than 7 are categorized as basic or alkaline, while substances with pH number lower than 7 are categorized as Acidic.
In our chemistry labs, we were given simple tests to determine whether the solution is Alkaline or Acidic. Albeit fun, most of us never understood the depth or the importance of this experiment.
For instance, Our body needs to maintain a proper balance between two basic types of chemical compounds — acids and alkalis. Measuring these compounds in body fluids such as blood, saliva, and urine is known as pH. Till date, the pH scales are widely used in laboratories to understand different elements and chemical compounds in our body.
Our Food and beverages also have their respective pH level, like soda = 2, coffee = 4 and cucumber = 7. Meaning Cucumber is neutral and Soda and Coffee are acidic in nature. The Google Doodle for the day plays with the same knowledge.
It questions the user about the pH of regular substances like a tomato, egg, lemons etc. Even if you don’t remember their exact pH level one knows their basic characteristic, like Tomato and Lemon, are acidic in nature.
While most of us would have answered this quiz to perfection, this also goes to show how much we underestimate or ignore the power of knowledge. We have had known and still not known the exact solution. I guess maybe that’s what the real intention of Google was to remind us all the importance of pH and to honor S.P.L. Sørensen, for making it so easy.
Thank you, Google Doodle for S.P.L. Sørensen doodle and thank you for doing it so cutely and interactively.
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