Monday, August 30, 2010

Sheldon Cooper and Schrodinger's Cat

Everybody these days require some bits of entertainment just to keep their sanity. These entertainments most commonly cover from many regular (watching TV, listening to the radio, playing musical instruments) to non-regular types (goin' pimping, killing, sadomasochistic activities) though the latter, as today's law rules out, are legally forbidden for practice regardless of the number of people who find them to be pretty interesting to be carried out. The needs for entertainment usually vary from one another based on one's personality.

Other than being avidly excited about music, from which some years back I happened to sell my soul to the devil for neverending lifetime musical entertainment supply, I also happened to like to watch drama series that the mainstream medias today are practically having quite an uncontrolled spillover in showing them minute after another.

Despite my huge admiration towards love and romance and the likes, I must state that I literally have found that most of the drama series depicting the mentioned ideas to be not only cheesy but as well dramatically unnerving, for, as I formerly observed, there were too many scenes where the audience was brought to experience states of events where commonly in the real world do not occur much, hence bringing the illusion of false hopes. For example lets take a look at Grey's Anatomy. I choose not to point out the wrongs in the fairly celebrated drama series especially by female audience and end up offending them, where in this case I have been clearly informed that swimming in the middle of the Pacific with a dozen of hungry Great Whites catching up on you from behind is way, way easier than to dealing with a mob of angry females. Nevertheless I am pretty sure that most of us know how Grey's Anatomy affect the cultural beliefs today, especially in the hearts of hopeless women, ergo the huge amount of disappointments later experienced by the mentioned group prior to having the beliefs first introduced to them by none other than the epically produced drama series Grey's Anatomy.

I have watched quite frankly a huge number of drama series since my undergraduate years, for I found that sitting in front of the computer screen watching these series while having almost endless supplies of hot coffee, cigarettes and cookies all day long was way too irresistible to not to pursue with - a terrible mistake that caused me to repay the lost days by now having to offer not only my soul to the expanding world of academias but as well enslave myself as an offering to hungry academicians who never miss a chance to criticize me, academically. But from these mountain worth of series, I only found two of them to be wonderfully entertaining to me.

They are House M.D. and The Big Bang Theories. But we're not talking about House today, that grumpy, sarcastic old bastard but sincerely way too entertaining to resist.

Smart's the new sexy?

Dr. Sheldon Cooper, or Shelly, has been for long my only favorite character in the series, and of course Penny (You kidding? Who wouldn't like Penny anyway?). Possessing an IQ of 187, Sheldon entered the University of Texas at the age of eleven and left at the age of fourteen, graduating summa cum laude. He began his doctoral work at the age of fourteen, won the Stevenson Award at the age of fourteen and a half (youngest winner ever), worked as a visiting professor at a foreign university when he was fifteen, and later completed his doctoral work at the age of sixteen. He has a master and two PhD's in theoretical physics.

Dr. Sheldon Cooper

According to Wikipedia:

Sheldon is distinctive for his overtly intellectual personality: he is calculating and cynical, he exhibits a strict adherence to routine, a lack of understanding of irony, sarcasm and humor, a habit of constantly expressing admiration for his superior intellect (which is sometimes found offensive by the other characters), and a complete lack of humility; these characteristics are the main sources of his character's humor and the center of a number of episodes. He has been described as the show's breakout character.

Riemann Zeta Functions, random virtual particles in quantum mechanics, String Theory and Born-Oppenheimer Approximation doodling around to no end.

Now this guy, he does not only amuse me for having such inexcusably high IQ, he also possesses quite a humorous amount of wit, not to mention his staggering amount of sarcasm and sharp insults whenever he gets his mouth open. Not that I look forward to be such creepily outstanding guy, intelligence wise per se, but I admire the beauty of his knowledge. Imagine, that impressive amount of knowledge in just one head quite the similar size with mine. On the part that we both share the same career - research - though we travel in totally different ways of researching - he is theoretical while I am experimental - I enjoy the fact that he somewhat supplies me with amusing jokes of science and technology, much to my surprise could at times be applied to my full understanding in science itself. 

Dr Sheldon Cooper; now that man's a real bomb.

Let's end this with one of Dr Cooper's best quote to Penny on whether or not she should go out with Leonard (his roommate):

"Anyway, in 1935 Erwin Schrodinger, in an attempt to explain the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Physics, he proposed an experiment where a cat is placed in a box with a sealed vial of poison that will break open at a random time.Now, since no one knows when or if the poison has been released, until the box is opened, the cat can be thought as both alive and dead.
Just like Schrodinger's cat, your potential relationship with Leonard right now can be thought of as both good and bad. It is only by opening the box that you will find out which it is." 

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