Science Accuracy on “The Big Bang Theory”

By Deane Barker on November 5, 2007

There’s a science to CBS’ ‘Big Bang Theory’: The CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” (which is quite funny, I must say), employs a consulting physicist to try and keep the geek science accurate.

But the science gets some attention, too. David Saltzberg, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California-Los Angeles, checks scripts and provides dialogue, math equations and diagrams used as props. He says he’s more consultant than contributor.

“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% accurate as I can,” he says.

A summary of the show, from the Wikipedia page:

The series is about two socially inept prodigies in their 20s who are living across the hall from a beautiful girl with a questionable intellect. When one genius falls for the girl, the other tries to discourage his interest because he believes his friend is chasing a dream he’ll never catch.



  1. i started watching this show and i think its quite funny at times … but i am disappointed in the fact that this show has adopted the same sitcom formula that many have adopted:

    a guy falls in love with a girl that he can’t have … pffft

    anyways i also have beef with the fact that this beautiful girl makes minimum wage as a waitress yet lives in an enormous apartment

  2. Why would you care about the minimum wage/waitress living in an enormous apartment???, you need to get out a bit more love… this program is comedy fiction and not up for an academy award. But if you are nit-picking you can feel assured that Penny cant afford to live in her apartment and borrows money from Leonard and is usually coming up with crazy schemes to make money because she is broke.

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