Yes, I love the characters especially Dr. Sheldon Cooper who reminds me of some of my geeky friends and family,but really the star of the show in my mind is the pure science mingled so effortlessly into the script.
The hilarious dialog which actually follows scientific theories and is presented in dead pan delivery by the four scientists who room together really tickles me.
And that is all thanks to Dr David Salzberg, a UCLA consultant and physicist. I remember hearing a radio interview of the amusing college professor who discussed how he consults with the script crew to make sure the science is integrated seamlessly into the comedy.
So I went online to investigate :
Kris De Loen, Buddy Columnist writes:
” 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.”
In fact, much of the time the science drives the comedy as the boys argue over actual theories your high school or college geek might recognize.
For instance, one of their biggest challenges is moving boxes up the stairs without an elevator. Using their knowledge of force , Leonard and Sheldon devise a more efficient way of moving boxes without a pulley.
The scientists are always making charts to figure out mundane tasks and arguing over whose method is most sound. It does remind me of some arguments I have had with engineers and techies who always knows best.
Another funny episode has Sheldon ‘s girlfriend solving an equation and he worries about who will get credit for the Nobel prize.
Of course, it is the dynamics and casting of the sensational cast which makes the comedy sing but still Dr David Salzberg is the engine behind the science, like the little man behind the curtain in OZ