I (might) corrected Google homepage today

Today, according to IYA 2009 official website, is 400th anniversary of Galileo demonstrating his telescope to Venetian lawmakers. Google, with all the astronomy lovers like us, changed their homepage worldwide to mark the day.

It was 6am and I was forced to woke up early due to fighting noises over the phone call of my parents. I noticed the Google logo posted on pingooo’s plurk timeline (FYI, Plurk = a Twitter-like service in Taiwan), however I also noticed the tooltip (title=”) description on the Google Taiwan homepage was incorrectly translated.

On the English Google it reads “400th Anniversary of Galileo’s Telescope”, and on the Taiwanese homepage it was translated as “伽利略望遠鏡發明400周年”, which means “400th Anniversary since Galileo invented Telescope.”

Since pingooo himself works at Google, I replied pingooo’s plurk message, explaining that the home page was wrong, that telescopes was invented a long time ago since Galileo, what he did at the time was improved it and observed the heavenly body with it for the very first time. Within an hour the Google home page changed the sentence to the current version “伽利略天文望遠鏡發明400周年 (400th Anniversary since Galileo invented Astronomical Telescope)”. Quite fast for a big company such as Google.

Not sure if I am the first one to notify the error, it surely feels good to have a direct, Twitter-like channel to get in contact and to have things done.

2009 科學季 – 仰觀蒼穹四百年特展



雖然無法全程參與,但我去報名了展場解說員。跟展場規劃的團隊接觸過,有可能會有幾台電腦裝 Stellarium 讓大家動手玩。




English, with some background: Education reform is a huge issue in Taiwan, since the current system give too much pressure to the kids and almost everyone has too spend time (and money) on prep school.

“2009 high school curriculum guideline” just published last week, in physics, high school teachers are stocked because they are told by college professors (who made the guideline) to introduce almost everything about physics in ~28 hrs (100 min per week, 20 weeks a semester.) to first year students. In which the guideline recommends cosmology to be taught within 1 week.

新的 98 課綱,高一基礎物理一學期,建議教學時數 32 小時,其中「宇宙論簡介」建議教學時數是兩節課,不多不少 100 分鐘。詳細資料請看阿Samn的物理課本,就不貼過來了。