Session P7: Physics, Culture and the Arts

8:00 AM–10:24 AM, Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Room: Portland Ballroom 254

Sponsoring Unit: FPS
Chair: Philip L. Taylor, Case Western Reserve University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.P7.1

Abstract: P7.00001 : Physics and the Making of ``The Big Bang'' TV Comedy Series

8:00 AM–8:36 AM

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  David Saltzberg
    (UCLA Dept. of Physics and Astronomy)

For the last three years I have served as the physics consultant for the popular television situation-comedy ``The Big Bang Theory'' which features physicists, astronomers, and engineers as its main characters. I will describe my role in the production. I will also describe the opportunities it has afforded for public outreach for physics and astronomy education. Based on my experience, I will discuss methods for interested scientists to get involved in the entertainment industry.

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