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  1. What I don't like though, is the lying Penny has introduced to the relationship. She is lying straight to his face, when she tells him that it was her paper, even though Bernadette and Amy helped her. A relationship with lies is the root to all evil.

    I'm of two minds on this. While I'm not a fan of the lying, it does address a problem of Leonard's. For all the writers have done 'fixing' Penny this season, Leonard needs a few tweaks as well. Both Prady and Molaro have stated BOTH Penny and Leonard have some growing up to do. This last episode (The Extract Obliteration) covered an issue of both Penny and Leonard. As long as the lying doesn't become an all the time(or even a quarter of the time) thing for Penny, I can overlook it once like this as a plot device to help correct a problem of Leonard's.

  2. Yes, arXiv is very helpful that way. Much easier to search for all kinds of references, too, than having to search in specific online journals.

    I see you're interested in astrophysics?

    Well, MY main interest currently is in galactic and cluster evolution, with all that goes into that. I can expand if you wish. I've done some galactic morphology identification with Galactic Zoo and have a couple of computers running [email protected] home for gravitational waves and GRBs. I've had training in undergraduate math, physics, and different programming and systems classes. I have used some graduate textbooks to study on my own, along with help by a retired professor. My main purpose was to learn General Relativity. I do not have a degree, however, I do have over 150 credit hours (more than my brother, who has a masters) which doesn't count the stuff I've done on my own. The papers I locate for the astronomy board are more general in nature and usually do not go into the details of the math and technical stuff. Most of the membership can follow the descriptions and some of the easier math and technical detail. Last auto saved: 12:04:51 AM EDT

    Re supernovae, the latest news byte is that the oldest supernovae explosions were recently tracked and discovered by astronomers. All of 12.5 billion years old, 'just' 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang (which, as we all know, happened 14 billion years ago). :)

    Hmmmmmmm, I'm going to have to look that up. That doesn't sound quite right, for reasons I won't go into because I risk over explaining, like Leonard. As my wife accuses me of doing all the time. :icon_redface: However, if you do want to know, I can explain.

  3. So.... this episode was one of the nerdiest and with more science and geekdom in pretty much the whole show's run.... and there's the same old "they should go back to geek things" whining on it's thread?

    it seems to me there is no way for the writers to win

    Yeah, except for the almighty first and second seasons, according to some. And I don't get that either. It's scary how close my life could be to an amalgam of the characters and I haven't had any problem with the show after the first two seasons. After all, although it took a few years, much like the characters, I finally grew up also (although I still act like a kid at times). Over the last few years my wife has poked me and said "remember that" when ever one of the characters has taken a step forward socially, similar to one I've taken.

  4. Tensor - good to see our Arxiv referenced here. :) I think it's likely that the Higgs discovery paper (1207.7235) which you quoted was the one referred to on the whiteboard.

    Doh! Yeah, considering the title of the episode, it would makes sense to reference that paper. I absolutely love arXiv. Having the education and background, but not the academic affiliation, it's great to be able to see the papers without having to buy multiple subscriptions to the journals (which I can't afford). So when I saw the arXiv on the whiteboard, I got all excited and started saying "Archive, Archive". My wife and daughter gave me the wtf looks and I had to explain.

    On an astronomy board that I frequent, I spend one evening a week (NOT Thursday) looking at the new astronomy and astrophysical papers for that day. I try to find 4-6 that I think might be interesting for the membership, but also try to have a variety of papers as we have a variety of people. Last week the papers were on Supernova remnants, diffuse gamma ray emissions, black hole masses, globular clusters and Neptunian L5 trojans.

  5. ..., and the real science on the whiteboards and in the dialogue.

    And even those that don't understand the equations, can look up some of the science. On "The Higgs Boson Observation", the was a reference on the white board in the guy's kitchen that had: Arxiv 1207.72.... arXiv started as the online archive of Physics papers, prior to their publication in peer reviewed journals(arXiv is pronounced "archive"). It was started in 1991 . As you can see from the link, while it has grown to include several other fields of study, physics is still the majority of papers.

    As far as the code on the white board, the 1207 stands for 2012, July, which is when the paper was submitted to the archive. There should be two more numbers after the 72, to identify the paper specfically within the month. The camera angle did not show what the last two numbers were. So I started going through all the papers. On the whiteboard, there was also a graph that I'm assuming will be part of the paper. I counted about 68 papers that had 1207.72 as their first six digits at arXiv. I have yet to find the paper, but I haven't had the time to do more than about one every third day.

    To give you the flavor of the papers there, here is one on Perturbation Theory Calculations. Just for fun this paper is the actual paper used to justify the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and it was a 1207.72xx paper. Just be aware that it is 57 pages long and will take a while to download, if you are on a phone line.

  6. I think the show was and still is hilarious. I don't get the people who say the show has gotten to be too much about relationships. By my count, in the first season, 11 out of the 17 episodes had some sort of Penny/Leonard relationship interaction and 5 others had some other male(Raj, Howard, Leonard)/female interaction as one of the points of the story. In the second season, 9 out of the 23 were L/P and 10 of the rest were male(Raj, Howard, Leonard, Stuart)/female(Penny, Leslie, Stephanie) and Season 3 was mostly an entire season about L/P.

    Or that it's lost it's nerd background. Just from the last episode "The Re-Entry Minimization":

    Return from space

    Reference to getting a discount from the comic book store

    quark-gluon plasma

    solar system/Copernicus

    Madam Curie


    Higg's boson

    Playing "Operation" using an actual cadaver (and with the addition of the line about the jerking leg, it was frigging funny).

    "Sound of Music" sing-a-long (theatre nerd, but still....)

    I'm sure I missed a mention somewhere.

    If you don't like the show, fine, say so. But, don't say the show has changed. It's always been about the character's LIVES. Those lives involve, and always have involved relationships(whether it's between roommates, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, casual pickups, one-night stands, hookers, stalkers, casual acquaintances, neighbors, spies, bosses, other physicists, family members, whatever) science, science fiction, comic books, food, restaurants, stairs, wash rooms, work, computers, games, and again, whatever.

    As for how much it has become like "Friends" or "Seinfeld" I'd have to disagree, I didn't like "Friends or "Seinfeld" and I like "The Big Bang Theory" So obviously there is something different in my view.

  7. I was studying General Relativity and tensors are geometric objects that are used to define the curvature in spacetime in various directions from a point in spacetime (which is commonly known as gravity). I had just joined a science board and I was struggling to understand tensors, so I thought I would use it as my username. Kinda stuck with it since, where it's been available.

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