The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory (2007)

4 corrected entries in The Friendship Algorithm

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The Friendship Algorithm - S2-E13

Corrected entry: When Penny asks Leonard how Sheldon met Howard and Raj his answer is a long science answer that means he has no clue. That is incorrect since another episode reveals Leonard met them at school and brought them to the apartment. (00:05:00)


Correction: The answer Leonard gives to Penny is actually a correct scientific statement, and it doesn't indicate that he's clueless. He says "kinda like carbon atoms for a benzene ring, proximity and valence electrons". This is a correct statement. Carbon atoms are small and have 4 valence electrons, i.e., they can form 4 bonds. Due to catenation, carbon atoms have a very strong tendency to bond with other carbon atoms. Similarly, Leonard's statement suggests that they worked at the same place (hence proximity) and they were all seeking friends (valence electrons). Hence they became friends.


The Friendship Algorithm - S2-E13

Corrected entry: When Sheldon and Barry are rock climbing, Sheldon looks down and shouts in fear. When Barry asks "You all right there Cooper?", Sheldon answers "I feel somewhat like an inverse tangent function approaching an asymptote." An inverse tangent function approaches its asymptote in the horizontal axis, not the vertical. (00:15:55)

Correction: The vanity card at the end explains the joke. "A linear asymptote is essentially a straight line to which a graphed curve moves closer and closer but does not reach. In other words, given a function y=fn (x) with asymptote A, A represents a number that, no matter how big (or, given the function, small) you make x, y will never make it to A. The particular example Sheldon quotes is the inverse Tangent function, or Arctangent, which has two asymptotes. If you graph it, it sort of looks like a horizontal S. No matter how big you make x (that is, how far you move to the right [that is horizontally]), the function is never going to hit that top line (π/2), and no matter how small x gets (moving to the left), y is never going to be smaller than - π/2" Sheldon is saying he will never reach the top.


The Friendship Algorithm - S2-E13

Corrected entry: When Sheldon was stuck in an infinite loop in his "friendship flowchart", Howard created an escape which he labeled "LDA"; however, Sheldon referred to it as "Least Objectionable Activity", which would be "LOA."


Correction: It is easy for a D to look like an O.


The Friendship Algorithm - S2-E13

Corrected entry: Sheldon asks at the book store information desk if they have any books about making friends, and the employee tells him that all their books like that are for "little kids." It is unreasonable that the employee would not have been able to tell Sheldon about the very well known self-help book "How to Win Friends and Influence People," if Sheldon had not already been able to discover it through a cursory internet search.


Correction: 1. They didn't stock the book. 2. The book was published in 1936. She hadn't heard of it herself. 3. Sheldon only thought of a 'How To make Friends' book after he entered the shop, so the idea of looking up a seventy year old book on the internet is irrelevant.

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