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Michael Banks: January 2010 Archives

Stars of the show From left to right, Raj, Howard, Leonard and Sheldon build a robot to enter a fighting-robot competition (credit: Warner Bros Television Entertainment)

By Michael Banks

You may have heard of, or possibly seen, the hit TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which features two brilliant postdoc physicists, Leonard and Sheldon, who are totally absorbed by science but fail to fit in with their 20-something non-academic contemporaries.

Now in its third season on the CBS network in the US and with a fourth commissioned, the show has over 13 million US viewers. The sitcom also airs in the UK on Channel 4 and last month E4, Channel 4’s digital network, started showing the third season.

In the January edition of Physics World, Nick Thomas from Auburn University at Montgomery, talks exclusively to the show’s stars and creators about why the series, which has a dialogue peppered with references to physics and mathematics, is such a roaring success with viewers.

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