The popular television sitcom (situational comedy) 'The Big Bang Theory' entered the annals of Nobel Prize history. The announcement of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics began with a gesture being made to a seemingly light-hearted pop-culture reference- the opening lyrics to the show’s theme song which was composed by the band ‘The Barenaked Ladies’. 'The Big Bang Theory' ran for 12 seasons over 12 years, with the series coming to an end in May 2019.
"Our whole universe was in a hot, dense state, then nearly 14 billion years ago expansion started," academy member Ulf Danielsson said, quoting "The Big Bang" theme at the presentation in Stockholm.
A Canadian-American scientist and two Swiss scientists won the physics prize for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of a planet outside our solar system. Goran Hansson, Secretary-General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said the TV show was a "fantastic achievement" that brought the "world of science to laptops and living rooms around the world." Referencing its theme song, therefore, seemed fitting, he said.
Spoiler Alert: The Big Bang Theory, which debuted in 2007 and ended its run earlier this year, overcame early doubts to become a cult-classic. The show was led by a crew of seemingly "nerdy" misfits and was based in Pasadena, California. During the finale, the friends are taking one last trip together to support married couple Sheldon, played by Jim Parsons, and Amy, played by Mayim Bialik after they appear to have achieved a huge feat in their respective field of work.
Mr Hansson said he hoped the fans of the show liked this year’s Nobel Prizes.“I hope that Sheldon and Amy are not too disappointed today,” he added.
(WITH INPUTS FROM AP)