'Big Bang Theory' Gets a Dose of Physics
'Big Bang Theory' Gets a Dose of Physics
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
CBS' The Big Bang Theory is now one of the fall season's few offerings to gain much positive attention.  Whether it's due to its sidesplitting premise or the fact that it has built up an audience from its strong lead-in from How I Met Your Mother, which averages about 9 million viewers, the freshman series is now thriving and is expected to flourish with its full-season pickup.

Amidst all the comedy, there is one aspect of The Big Bang Theory that makes it realistically appealing: the real-life physics involved.  While the show centers on two geeks as they attempt to explore their social life, the series also gives science some attention.

Created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, The Big Bang Theory revolves around two geeks, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) who know a lot about math and science, but are clueless when it comes to women.  Things change when a beautiful girl with questionable intellect named Penny (Kaley Cuoco) moves in across the hall and shows them what they're missing out on life.

"Very often, we'll write a speech and say ‘science to come,' " executive producer Chuck Lorre explained. "[David] Saltzberg fills it in.  He's a terrific guy with a great sense of humor."

Lorre is referring to David Saltzberg, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles who checks the show's scripts and provides dialogue, math equations and diagrams used as props.

"Physicists love to nitpick, so for the 100 in the 10 million people who might watch the show, I try to get it as close to 100 percent accurate as I can.  But if I try to suggest a funny line, there are all sorts of reasons it doesn't work," Saltzberg, who describes himself more as a consultant than a contributor, said.

Meanwhile, real-life physicist Saltzberg isn't the only one sharing his time with people on the show. The cast of Big Bang Theory also spends time at UCLA hanging with students and faculty, and "stealing little bits of mannerisms and wardrobe," according to Galecki.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: USA Today
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