Itwasdestined Posted April 16, 2019 Posted April 16, 2019 From Vulture Should The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon and Amy Win a Nobel? 7 Physics Laureates Weigh In The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom about smart people not being able to eat food correctly, will conclude next month after a tremendously successful 12-season run. But if you’ve only tuned in to the final season on a casual basis, you might not even realize it was ending, as the show has generally eschewed big narrative wrap-ups, minus one development: The married theorist team of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) are in contention to win a Nobel Prize in physics for their discoveries within super asymmetry. However, a couple of experimental scientist punks (played by Sean Astin and Kal Penn) are trying to claim the Nobel as their own for accidentally proving the concept, and since at present only three people can receive a Nobel for a discovery, only one of the pairs will be able to call themselves winners. Since Vulture is a pop-culture website and not, uh, a string-theory website, we have absolutely no place offering expertise about which duo should be the rightful recipient of the prize. So we did the only reasonable thing we could think of: Reach out to a bunch of actual Nobel physics laureates and ask for their very legit, very respected, very intelligent opinions on the subject. Knowing our inquiry was all in good fun, seven laureates were nice enough to weigh in on television’s hottest STEM showdown. Here’s what they had to say when it came down to a theorists vs. scientists debate, with some interviews condensed for clarity. Interesting read. Also interesting that these real physics laureates seem more able to ignore the science reality of super asymmetry more than forum members in discussing this. There was no 100% consensus but quite a few seemed to skew toward the experimentalist over the theorist which adds fire to Shamy missing out. (Also could be why the writers kept Leonard away from experimenting with the theory. Couldn’t let him in on potential success!). Seems these laureates are following the story quite closely. On a side note, the bit that annoys me most in this story outside all the “its dominating the season, too much Shamy, bad science, blah bkah” complaining is this whole sudden transformation of Amy Farrah Fowler into a world renowned physicist after 7 years of focusing on her celebrated expertise in neurobiology. Considering this early interaction between neurobiologist Amy and theoretical physicist Sheldon way back in season 4 Zazzy it has never passed the smell test for me this season“Sheldon: I brought Amy here to show her some of the work I’m doing.Amy: It’s very impressive, for theoretical work.Sheldon: Do I detect a hint of condescension?Amy: I’m sorry, was I being too subtle? I meant compared to the real-world applications of neurobiology, theoretical physics is, what’s the word I’m looking for? Hmm, cute.Leonard and Howard together: Oooh!Sheldon: Are you suggesting the work of a neurobiologist like Babinski could ever rise to the significance of a physicist like Clarke-Maxwell or Dirac?Amy: I’m stating it outright. Babinski eats Dirac for breakfast and defecates Clarke-Maxwell.Sheldon: You take that back.Amy: Absolutely not. My colleagues and I are mapping the neurological substrates that subserve global information processing, which is required for all cognitive reasoning, including scientific inquiry, making my research ipso facto prior in the ordo cognoscendi. That means it’s better than his research, and by extension, of course, yours.Leonard: I’m sorry, I’m-I’m still trying to work on the defecating Clark Maxwell, so…Sheldon: Excuse me, but a grand unified theory, insofar as it explains everything, will ipso facto explain neurobiology.Amy: Yes, but if I’m successful, I will be able to map and reproduce your thought processes in deriving a grand unified theory, and therefore, subsume your conclusions under my paradigm.Sheldon: That’s the rankest psychologism, and was conclusively revealed as hogwash by Gottlob Frege in the 1890s!Amy: We appear to have reached an impasse.Sheldon: I agree. I move our relationship terminate immediately.Amy: Seconded.”Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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