Is The Big Bang Theory Producing More Physics Majors?
At least that’s what this Guardian article says…
“According to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), there was a 10% increase in the number of students accepted to read physics by the university admissons services between 2008-09, when The Big Bang Theory was first broadcast in the UK, and 2010-11. Numbers currently stand at 3,672. Applications for physics courses at university are also up more than 17% on last year. Philip Walker, an HEFCE spokesman, said the recent spate of popular televisions services had been influential but was hard to quantify.”
Hard to quantify, indeed. But really, how much a TV Show can influence 18 years old students when choosing their marjors?
I cannot offer evidences, but I can surely offer a conclusion: we will have lots of terrible physicists by the end of 2015. If people think that being like Sheldon is funny, believe me, it’s not. I really doubt that people wanna study 9 hours a day instead of having sex, drinking, going to parties, etc.
It’s kind of basic human problem, you see something and want to copy it, just because you want other people to show empathy for you and what you do in your life. Not very brilliant, but definitely common among humans. I don’t think that teenagers want to be like Mikaela Irene Fudolig, they would rather be like Neymar…