The Science of The Big Bang Theory: What America's Favorite Sitcom Can Teach You about Physics, Flags, and the Idiosyncrasies of Scientists

The Science of The Big Bang Theory: What America's Favorite Sitcom Can Teach You about Physics, Flags, and the Idiosyncrasies of Scientists

by Mark Brake


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The geeks will inherit the earth.

With well over two hundred episodes and a dozen seasons, The Big Bang Theory is one of America’s favorite television series, bringing a new class of character to mainstream television: the science nerd.

In spite of its evident popularity and influence in shaping public attitudes to science and scientists, there are relatively few books that explore the show’s culture and social dimension. The Science of The Big Bang Theory looks behind the comedy scenes and scripts of this long-running and successful TV show to explore topics such as:

  • The Bachelor Party Corrosion and Archimedes
  • The Valentino Submergence: Fun with Flags
  • The Dumpling Decoupling: Sheldon and Doctor Who
  • The Mystery Date Observation: The Unlikely Dating Habits of Eggheads
  • And More!

  • This book is a light-hearted science companion to TV's The Big Bang Theory, providing you with just the kind of dissection of the science and culture you’d need to understand “math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries, that all started with the big bang! Hey!”

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781510741492
    Publisher: Skyhorse
    Publication date: 05/07/2019
    Pages: 216
    Sales rank: 1,151,222
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

    About the Author

    Mark Brake developed the world’s first science and science fiction degree in 1999. He also launched the world’s first astrobiology degree in 2005. He’s communicated science through film, television, print, and radio on five continents, including for NASA, Seattle’s Science Fiction Museum, the BBC, the Royal Institution, and Sky Movies. He was one of the founding members of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute Science Communication Group. Mark also tours Europe with Science of Doctor Who, Science of Star Wars, and Science of Superheroes road shows. His most recent book, The Science of Science Fiction, publishes in fall of 2018.

    Table of Contents

    Space 1

    The Middle-Earth Paradigm: Sheldon and Physics Fashions 3

    The Doppler Effect in fashion, and some other interesting ideas in physics clothing

    The Ear worm Reverberation: An Expectation of Extraterrestrials 9

    The work of UNOOSA and the history of alien invasion

    The Bat Jar Conjecture and Aliens: Imagining the Unimaginable 15

    Imagining the unimaginable: How do we rationally imagine alien life?

    The Grasshopper Experiment: The Indira Gandhi of Particle Astrophysics with a Penis 21

    The wonderful Indian contribution to mathematics and astronomy

    The Jerusalem Duality and the Problem with Teleportation 27

    How teleportation in fiction has influenced theorists to dream up ways of teleporting in fact

    The Geology Methodology: The Cracks That Lead to Civilization 33

    A history of ancient civilizations through cracks in the Earth's crust

    The Valentino Submergence: Fun with Flags 39

    Fun with flags as a story about the pursuit of empire, and the conquest of space

    The Luminous Fish Effect: Sheldon Is Wrong about Caves 47

    The importance of caves for those who dream of traveling into space

    Time 53

    The Extract Obliteration: A Hawking-Cooper Radiation 55

    Hawking and Cooper, under a night sky, watch stellar evolution unfold in one night

    The Matrimonial Momentum and the Evolution of Particles 59

    The cosmic origin of the chemical elements on Earth

    The Helium Insufficiency: Life's a Gas 65

    The Great Oxygenation Event, and the discovery of oxygen gas

    The Romance Resonance: Fun with Flags and Elements 71

    A most unusual take on that famous Periodic Table

    The Dumpling Paradox: Reductio-ad-absurdum 79

    A potted history of the art of reductio-ad-absurdum, climaxing with Mark Twain

    The Bachelor Party Corrosion and Archimedes 85

    The genius of the ancient world: Archimedes

    The Thanksgiving Decoupling: Fun with Farms 91

    How farmers, like Penny's family, changed the world

    The Vengeance Formulation and the Genetic Line 97

    How Coopers, Wolowitzes, and Hofstadters got to America

    Machine 103

    The Fuzzyboots Corollary: Sheldon and Automata 105

    The hidden history of automata

    The Porkchop Indeterminacy and Rocket Science 111

    How Nazi rocket science led to one of the greatest American movies of the twentieth century

    The Nerdvana Annihilation and Time Machines 119

    The connoisseur's guide to time machines

    The Cooper-Hofstadter Galileo-Pope Polarization 123

    The polarization of science and church in the days of Galileo's telescope

    The Mystery Date Observation, Revisited: The Joys of Atomic Spectroscopy 131

    The wonder and mystery of those dark absorption lines and the spectroscope

    The Big Bear Precipitation: Fun with Fire 137

    Engine of human evolution: The discovery of fire

    The Love Spell Potential: The Biggest Bangs in History 143

    That terrestrial magma machine, the volcano

    The 2003 Approximation and Filk Music! 149

    The rarely told tale of rock music, machines, and science fiction

    Monster 157

    The Hamburger Postulate: Twilight of the Superheroes 159

    The preposterous idea of the human as superhero

    The Peanut Reaction and Pseudoscience 165

    Aspects of monstrous pseudoscience that simply won't die

    The Bachelor Party Corrosion and Richard Feynman: Smarter than Sheldon Cooper 171

    The wit and wonder of twentieth-century American physicist, Richard Feynman

    The Dumpling Decoupling: Sheldon and Doctor Who 177

    Sheldon's controversial infatuation with The Doctor

    The Mystery Date Observation: The Unlikely Dating Habits of Eggheads 183

    The unlikely history of boffins and babes: Wolfgang Pauli, H. G. Wells , and Robert Hooke

    The Earworm Reverberation, Revisited: The Idiosyncrasies of Scientists 191

    Scientists as strange monsters, with Empedocles, Tesla, and the king of weird, Isaac Newton

    The Einstein Approximation: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous Sheldon 197

    Cliched and stereotypical images of scientists, and Sheldon Cooper

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