The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand

The highest-rated scripted show on TV, The Big Bang Theory often features Sheldon, Howard, Leonard, and Raj wisecracking about scientific principles as if Penny and the rest of us should know exactly what they’re talking about. The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory lets all of us in on the punchline by breaking down the show’s scientific conversations. From an explanation of why Sheldon would think 73 is the best number, to an experiment involving the physical stature of Wolowitz women, to an argument refuting Sheldon’s assertion that engineers are the Oompa-Loompas of science, author Dave Zobel maintains a humorous and informative approach and gives readers enough knowledge to make them welcome on Sheldon’s couch.

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Science popularizer Dave Zobel will seize any opportunity to insist that there’s as much beauty in science as in any of the fine arts – with the added advantage that you don’t have to go anywhere to see it. He has appeared as a talking head on G4’s Filter and Discovery’s Invisible (musing about invisibility cloaks and nanobots). On radio, he has written scripts for “StarDate” and “Says You!”, as well as more than a hundred segments for Sandra Tsing Loh’s “The Loh Down on Science.” For the Los Angeles not-for-profit Trash for Teaching, he created a series of science teaching kits assembled entirely from factory castoffs, discards, and overruns. He has written press releases for Caltech, published a method for playing a solitaire version of the board game Mastermind with nothing but an inexpensive calculator, and is a proud-slash-humble Grand Prize winner of the Bulwer-Lytton “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” [Bad] Fiction Contest.

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