4ofN Posted May 28, 2012 Posted May 28, 2012 In any case he is obviously not junior, and my point that he would be well known by the top physicists in the world still holds true. My father was a physicist (his work is even referenced in Feynman's lecture series) and I my degree is in physics as well so I've been around physicists literally since I was born. There were always other physicists coming to our house for dinner, for parties, etc. - especially when visiting from other universities. Physicists always talk to each other. There are conferences, people take sabbaticals so they can work with other people in their area of expertise, people read other physicists papers in the various journals, etc. In the real world Hawking would have already been familiar with Sheldon's work and would have contacted him before coming to visit so they could get together. The only way this wouldn't have happened is if Hawking had decided that he didn't want to meet with Sheldon for some reason. As far as I am concerned, the whole thing with Sheldon being at Howards mercy to get to meet with Hawking may have been intended as a joke (one that I didn't find funny), but it amounted to the writers getting the science wrong. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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