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Social signature research makes a 'Big Bang'
07
Nov
2014

As a researcher, you know that your work has truly had an impact when it is mentioned on one of the most popular sitcoms on television.

Such is the case for Felix Reed-Tsochas and Eduardo López, of the CABDyN Complexity Centre, whose research into social networks and relationships is referred to in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory, the American sitcom about four scientists and friends who work at Caltech, the California Institute of Technology.

Much of the show focuses on science, particularly physics, and the characters frequently banter about scientific theories or news - notably around the start of the show - and make science-related jokes.

At the start of the latest episode, during a discussion about the impact of relationships on their friendship, Sheldon alludes to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) at the beginning of 2014. The paper is available online here.

The full news item is available from the Green Templeton College website.

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Felix Reed-Tsochas View profile

Felix is James Martin Lecturer in Complex Systems at Saïd Business School, and a Fellow of Green Templeton College. He is a Director of the Complexity Economics Programme at INET Oxford, and a founding Co-Director of the CABDyN Complexity Centre.