The Big Bang Theory is a television show about geeks. (OMG is he blogging about that show again? Yes and shut up and read.) David Saltzberg is an advisor for the show, to make sure the physics neepery is properly neeped. On his blog, “The Big Blog Theory” (clever, that) he writes about each episode discussing the science within. Or at least referred to, or maybe laughed at.
This is where I learned the word gedankenexperiment. If you think the following paragraph is funny and/or interesting, there are lots more on the blog of Saltzberg (as they say in Cern… I learned that from another post).
My favorite word in physics is zitterbewegung. Coming in at close seconds are bremsstrahlung and ansatz. These technical terms mean “rapid oscillation”, “braking radiation” and “guess” in German. (I chose not to even mention eigenvector—because I didn’t want to have to explain it.) However, viewers of tonight’s show saw Sheldon use the most famous of all German physics words, gedankenexperiment.