The Big Bang Theory

“Doing easily what others find it difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.”-Henri-Frédéric Amiel

The majority of the television show “The Big Bang Theory” concentrates on physics in science particularly. The four leading male characters are employed at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) and have science-related occupations, as do the female characters Bernadette and Amy. The characters regularly chat about precise theories or news (markedly around the start of the show) and make science-related jokes.

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Additionally, science has interfered with the characters’ romantic lives. Leslie broke up with Leonard when he took sides with Sheldon while supporting the String theory rather than her support for Loop Quantum Gravity. When Leonard united Raj, Howard and Sheldon on a three-month Arctic research journey, it separated Leonard and Penny at the time their relationship was growing. When Bernadette became interested in Leonard’s work, it made both Penny and Howard resentful. This led to Howard confronting Leonard and Penny requesting Sheldon to teach her physics. Furthermore, Sheldon and Amy briefly concluded their relationship after a disagreement over which of their fields was superior to the other’s.

Whereas Salzberg knows physics, he sometimes desires support from Mayim Bialik, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. David Saltzberg, who has a PhD in physics, has served as science mentor for the show for six seasons and appears at every taping. Salzberg sees initial versions of scripts which need scientific facts added to them and he also points out where the journalists, regardless of their knowledge of science, have made an error. Usually, he is not needed during a taping unless a lot of science, and especially the whiteboard, is involved.

So what precisely is the Big Bang Theory about? It is only one of the most significant theories in astronomy. The basics of the theory are justly simple. All of the present and past matter in the universe came into existence at the same time. At a point in time, about 13.7 billion years ago all matter was compacted into a very small ball with infinite density, and intense heat called a singularity. Unexpectedly, that singularity began to expand and the universe came into being.

As stated by generally acknowledged theory, singularities are zones which challenge the current understanding that human beings have of physics. They are thought to be at the core of most black holes. A black hole is a region of intense gravitational pressure. That pressure is theorized to be so intense that finite matter is essentially compressed until it has infinite density. This area of infinite density is named a singularity. The universe is believed to have arisen as one of these infinitesimally small, infinitely hot, infinitely dense singularities. The where and why of it all (there still isn’t a firm grasp of) but the big bang is the topic at which that singularity suddenly began to increase and generated our universe as it moved outwards.

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Various scientists supposed that if the universe was created by a singularity, there ought to be a background heat still in existence in the universe. In order to comprehend why a scientist would deliberate that there is still heat from the big bang, it is noteworthy to be familiar with the notion that the universe is still expanding. Galaxies seem to be moving away from planet earth at speeds relative to their distance. This is referred to as Hubble’s Law, named after the person who discovered this fact, Edwin Hubble, in 1929. This observation supports the development of the universe and proposes that the universe was once compacted. So, if the universe was at first compact and very hot, it would be easier to find some of that heat still. In 1965 two radio astronomers, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, discovered a 2.725 degree Kelvin (-454.765 degree Fahrenheit, -270.425 degree Celsius) Cosmic Microwave Background radiation (CMB) which infiltrates the observable universe. This is viewed to be the remainder which scientists were looking for.

The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom formed by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, who both serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. They also serve as head writers. It premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007.The seventh season premiered on September 26, 2013. The fictional character in the sitcom that interests me the most is Sheldon Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D. He was a child prodigy from Galveston, Texas with an eidetic memory who began college at the age of 11 (after completing the fifth grade), started graduate studies at 14, and earned a Ph.D. at 16. Evidently an early genius in life: – many scientists, nerds, geeks, polymaths and curious beings can relate to or admire such an imagined character as in the case of William James Sidis.

Moreover, he is a theoretical physicist researching quantum mechanics and string theory. With two master’s degrees, a Ph.D., a Sc.D., he also has an IQ of 187. The character’s personality demonstrates a severe adherence to routine and a lack of understanding of irony and sarcasm; he is as well uninterested in many of the romantic hijinks of his friends. Sheldon has an apartment with Leonard Hofstadter, crossways the hall from Penny and turns to both for advice in social scenarios. Sheldon is quite egotistical and he habitually boasts about his intelligence, although he lacks social skills.

Sheldon depends on his friends to drive him around and he eventually tries to go for his driver’s license in season 2, but is unsuccessful in completing the task. In season four, he starts a relationship with Amy Farrah Fowler, who becomes his first girlfriend during the fifth season, even though he is wary of germs and physical contact. His character is somewhat introverted, except when it comes to getting his own way or demeaning the accomplishments of his friends. In addition to that, Sheldon follows an extreme ritualized way of living and has an obsession to see things completed. This entails sitting in the same spot on the sofa or knocking on a door three times before saying the name of whom he’s addressing and repeating this three times, (to name a few examples).

When reviewing Sheldon’s character, it was clear that he was interesting but the term interesting can be viewed from many perspectives. Some people in society view geniuses as skilled persons who were trained in their respective fields in order to accomplish their goals from an early age in their lives. Other individuals believe that geniuses have a greater ability for learning and therefore become successful earlier in life than other members of the public. An example of this as mentioned before was William James Sidis, another child prodigy but not a fictional character.

William James Sidis, the world-famous child prodigy was said to have been a “prodigious failure.” He actually wrote many books, articles, and periodicals under various pseudonyms.  In addition, there are as many as ten manuscripts not yet found. He created a general theory of the phenomena of the universe based on the theory of logical probability as well as the Animate and the Inanimate. Recent discoveries by the Hubble Space Telescope, other NASA and EU satellites suggest the correctness of his theory that “Big Bang” is wrong. Sidis argued that it is far more likely that the universe is eternal.

When comparing the characters of Sheldon Cooper and Sidis, both are usually characterized as extremely intelligent, socially inept and rigidly logical. Despite Cooper’s intellect, he occasionally displays a lack of common sense. He has a superiority complex but also has childlike qualities, of which he seems unaware, such as extreme stubbornness. The first four episodes of The Big Bang Theory depict Sheldon inconsistently with his later characterization. As said by Prady, the character “began to evolve after episode five or so and became his own thing.”

What makes Sheldon Cooper interesting? It depends on what particular individuals consider admirable in the ideal personality. Many believe that humans are imperfect beings and personality being a largely significant factor to human well-being, that being intelligent is important. However, what precisely should intelligent be? The ability to be educated with high scores on every test or possessing common sense? It is factual that having both qualities in the makeup of a personality are essential for a healthier and more intellectual mind.

Sheldon possesses an eidetic memory and an IQ of 187, although he claims his IQ cannot be correctly measured by normal tests.  In the beginning he claimed to have a Master’s Degree and two doctoral degrees, but this list has increased. Cooper also has an extensive general knowledge in many subjects including chemistry, biology, astronomy, cosmology, physics, mathematics, algebra, calculus, differential equations, vector calculus, computers, computer science, electronics, engineering, history, geography and linguistics. He is also a polyglot that speaks various languages like Spanish, French, Chinese Mandarin, Persian, Arabic, Finnish and Klingon from Star Trek. Furthermore, he shows gifted talent in music, expressing himself by playing the piano and the recorder as well as having the ‘perfect-pitch’. Even though his friends have similar intellects to him, his eccentricities, obstinacy and lack of empathy often aggravate them. Sheldon occasionally uses slang (in a very unnatural fashion) and follows jokes with his catchphrase “Bazinga!” This became a formally registered trademark of Warner Brothers.

Humor writer Josh Billings once stated, “Genius learns from nature; talent from books.” In the same year 1953, he also declared, “Men of genius are scarce, but men of genius who use their genius for the benefit of the world are scarcer.” The question remains whether true geniuses lack common sense and social skills when dealing with ordinary global citizens. In today’s world, the term “misfit” has been deemed as something positive although it carried a derogatory connotation before. Therefore, what should be deemed as greater? To be greatly skilled as a polymath and universal genius with an inability to relate to other human beings or being an ordinary sociable person with many friends? Would the world truly be a better place with more geniuses that had more in common with those who questioned their personalities or would it be an improved place if everyone was similar to each other but not intellectuals? When there are geniuses involved, there is room for inferiority for those that are not considered to be genius and therefore, social inequality. Whether it should be imperative to promote being highly intelligent for everyone in an already unequal world is a question to be discussed by theorists and those who desire to advance the global society.

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About Krystal Volney

Krystal Volney is an award-winning West Indian writer (Trinidadian-Dominican) who was born on the island of Trinidad. Her favourite novels as a child were the Nancy Drew files, the Babysitter’s club and the famous five. She started writing both female and male poetry in categories such as fashion, romance, the environment and children’s poetry in the year 2010 (Cosmos and Spheres poetry book- Bestselling Ebook). She views humans as both “monarch and emperor butterflies” because of the transformation from an egg into a butterfly showcasing the metamorphosis as various stages of one’s experiences throughout life. She claims that as a result of the prodigious difference between each human being in the global society, experiences differ and some persons mature into butterflies while some remain at a particular stage permanently at various points in their longevity. The contemporary poetess’s character is floral. In the 21st century, this means that one consists of many petals and each petal tells a different story of who she is. She sees the “tiger lily” and “hibiscus flowers” as demonstrating what it means to be a woman and a lady. Some of her influences have been Mozart, Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson and Claude Monet.

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