Profile: Sheldon


It is often said that a fine line exists between genius and insanity. Sheldon exemplifies this murky territory of the super-intelligent - not that he would accept the primitive premise that genius and insanity are two absolute states of being, of course.

Like his flatmate and fellow physicist Leonard, Sheldon possesses scientific intelligence in abundance, but when it comes to social skills, he's more clueless than ex-Borg Seven-of-Nine interacting with the crew of USS Voyager. Or to put it another way, a Charisma score of 6 in 3rd Edition Dungeons and Dragons.

Sheldon attended boarding school as a result of his work with lasers, and not, as Leonard incorrectly assumes, following a series of experiments that set out to prove that, 'If the height of a single step is off by as much as two millimetres most people will trip'. Yes, Sheldon really does know how to party. And yes, the average probability of tripping on the step is 0.55.

If you thought Sheldon was all about the physics though you'd be wrong. He's an avid fan of Battlestar Gallactica (the 1970s series and the modern version) and he's got 212 friends on MySpace. What's more, Sheldon loves to play a bit of Klingon Boggle with his friends, but hey, who doesn't? Well, Penny for one, but that's Leonard's problem.

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The Big Bang Theory synopsis

Arch-nerds Leonard and Sheldon may know more than their fair share about subatomic particles, but when it comes to people in general, and women in particular, they're absolutely clueless...

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The Expedition Approximation

Sheldon and Raj set up a test to find out whether they could survive a dark-matter research expedition in a salt mine by simulating the conditions in a steam…

E4 8.30pm Thur 27 Nov