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The Big Bang Theory: The Science Meets The Show

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Eric L. Kaplan, executive producer of the long running CBS television series, The Big Bang Theory, Harvard astrophysicist Robert Wilson, co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for finding signs of the real Big Bang, and Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and author of a Big Bang opera, join New York Times science writer, Claudia Dreifus for a discussion of humor and science. What’s funny and what’s not about the scientific enterprise? What role do serendipity and surprise play in both?

Dr. Robert Wilson, is the co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background radiation, a space echo of the real Big Bang. Mr. Kaplan, a former writer for The Simpsons and Futurama, is also the author of Does Santa Exist: A Philosophical Investigation. Together, they will discuss the Big Bang Theory, facts, fiction and fun.