Google is celebrating the 218th birthday of Belgian physicist Joseph Antoine Ferdinand Plateau , who has previously been described as the "father of the film". But who was the plateau, and how did he achieve this magnificent title? The son of an artist who specializes in making floral paintings, Plateau was born in 1801 in Brussels. Described as a young "eccentric" by his son-in-law and biographer Gustaf van der Mainsbrugh, he developed a keen interest in physics at an early
age and began inventing various tools while still in school. Despite initially studying law, Plateau continued his experiments at home - an exploit that often damaged his furniture and, on one occasion, according to Van der Mensbrugh, near-poisoning by a poisonous gas.