Google owes much to Lego

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

Today's Google home page has the company's logo spelled out in Lego blocks, to celebrate the Danish toy maker's 50th anniversary. Is this just another case of Google changing its logo to mark a special occasion, as the search engine does with holidays? Nope – not only are many Googlers big Lego fanatics, but the building block toy is actually an important part of Google's history.

As these photos show, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin used Lego to build storage for their various computers while they were experimenting back in their Stanford days. Not only were the building blocks handy for constructing low-cost cabinets for their hard drives, but Page and Brin also found Lego bricks to be pretty decent at resisting heat.

This probably explains why some Google offices look more like day-care centres than computer engineering facilities. It should also come as no surprise that Lego has proven to be the foundation of many science- and technology-inspired minds.