Droppin’ Some Science, Son: Big Bang Coined 70 Years Ago

On March 28, 1949, the term “Big Bang” originated when British astronomer Fred Hoyle tried to describe a theory of how the universe came to be to the audience of BBC Radio’s “Third Programme.” The Big Bang theory states that the universe originated at a single point and expanded outward, and is the most popular theory of how the universe came to be. It’s so popular that it even had its own sitcom named after it (You didn’t think this blog was all about science did you?).

Now, after 12 seasons, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory is ending. This long-running show, named after a scientific theory, has taught us a lot about science. Or at least David Saltzberg, the show’s scientific advisor, has. I mean, if you ever thought of using “light years” as a unit of time, instead of distance, now you know better.

Here are some other things most people might not have known if not for The Big Bang Theory:

Schrodinger’s Cat:

This might be a simplification of the proposed experiment, but how many of us would know anything about it without this show.

String Theory:

This is not a full explanation, but it’s a lot of fun.

Loop Quantum Gravity

So, do you prefer your space stringy or loopy?

Did you know The Big Bang Theory has even affected science?

A bee and a jellyfish are both named after Dr. Sheldon Cooper’s favorite colloquialism “Bazinga.” The bee (Euglossa bazinga) and jellyfish (Bazinga reiki) are both named so because they had been misidentified as another type of bee or jellyfish.

No Bazinga after that bit of knowledge.

Find your favorite seasons of The Big Bang Theory at your local Half Price Books store or HPB.com

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