Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs"? And - most importantly - whether Wil Wheaton is truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga!
This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about The Big Bang Theory and its nerdy genius characters. You might find other philosophy books on science and technology and cosmology, but only this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle.
Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights on your favorite Big Bang Theory characters, story lines, and ideas
Examines important themes involving ethics and virtue, science and technology, semiotics, religion, and the human condition
Brings the thinking of some of the world's greatest philosophers to bear on The Big Bang Theory, from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more
Essential reading for every Big Bang Theory fan, this book explores whether comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the good life, and whether they can know enough science and technology to "tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God".
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By Judy Corstjens on 18-08-13
Each chapter is by a different writer, who looks at some interesting topic (e.g. friendship, gender, motherhood) and then uses examples from TBBT to illustrate their points. The writers are all of a scientific bent, but more into philosophy or psychology than physics. I would say that they are uniformly well-read and thoughtful. The result is fascinating and well researched - no empty pontificating, all backed up with authorities, research or reason (and quotes from the TV shows). I particularly liked the habit of systematically giving the dates of the sources (as in, Aristotle, 384-322BC) [May Google Light All Their Days]. In fact, I may try to pick up that habit myself (1957 to present).
I should perhaps mention that the book is not FUNNY. If you only watch the TV series for a few cheap laughs at the expense of some Geeks, you probably won't enjoy this book. We are definitely in the Natural Sciences corner of the pub for this one.
Lastly, excellent narrator for Sheldon's accent - how does he segue so seamlessly into Sheldon's voice? Though his French pronunciation is bizarre even for an American. I've never heard anyone pronounce 'raison d'etre' as 'raisn de tre' before.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By C. Cioffi on 08-11-13
Fun, but repetitive
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
This is really an essay, bulked out to be a full length book. The concept is fun and interesting, but they content tends to repeat several times through the book. The same examples are pulled in over and over (and over and over!)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Erik on 01-02-15
I thought this book was interesting, entertaining, and well read, but it lingered on the scenes from the show longer than I expected.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful