Tuesday, May 13, 2014 ... //

A silly contest involving a TBBT video

This is a video from an episode of The Big Bang Theory, one about the visit to the Large Hadron Collider on the Valentine's Day.

One may see a real-world famous physicist in a big chunk of this video. When I say "famous", I mean "famous" from the media as well as having over 20,000 citations according to SPIRES.

Your task is to find out the name of the physicist.

But you're not allowed to write the name in the comments. Instead, go to Google Scholar and write down the query "firstname lastname" [including the quotes] of the physicist you determined. You will get a list of papers with citation counts.

In the comments, write the largest citation count from the list on Google Scholar that hasn't been written yet. So the first successful commenter writes the number from the first paper, the second commenter from the second paper, and so on. Everyone who knows the right name will know who are the other folks who know the right name. ;-)

The successful ones will ignore the wrong numbers from the unsuccessful ones. Everyone may add other comments aside from the number but not the right name! ;-)

snail feedback (27) :

reader Giotis said...

4387

reader Cristian said...

7948

reader Joel said...

6318

reader LR said...

1529

reader Giotis said...

1529

reader Giotis said...

Lubos that was mine and it was wrong. Could you pls delete it.

reader Eclectikus said...

573

reader hroent said...

571

reader Dilaton said...

No...?
I thought I had seen him/her/it too, but the point of view of the camera was not optimal to be sure ... :-D

reader Sven said...

506

reader Giotis said...

Yeap it's wrong; it fooled me too:-)

reader anonymous said...

506

reader Eugene S said...

Would have been my guess too ... now I'm stumped :/

reader Dilaton said...

2280 ...?

Just to throw in another number :-P

reader Temporaneous said...

996

reader lilbbased said...

6318

reader W.A. Zajc said...

480 (funny game Lubos!)

reader Gordon said...

I think I got it, Lubos by ignoring your suggestions and rules and just looking---too lazy to follow them----look for a blonde female :)

reader Petr said...

428

reader Fer137 said...

445

reader Daniel Grumiller said...

7952

reader Luboš Motl said...

I am ending this contest. Yes, it's Lisa Randall. Congratulations to those who could find the "dark matter" in between Rajesh and Sheldon! ;-)

reader CentralCharge15 said...

Who was this (wrong) guess anyway? The contest has ended so I guess it can be revealed now.

reader Giotis said...

David Gross

reader Luboš Motl said...

Do you mean that David Gross could have been the guy who talks to Lisa?

He looks like Jim Hartle to me! ;-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hartle

Yup, I took the picture on the Wikipedia, too.

reader Dilaton said...

Could the other numbers please be revealed too who they are ...?

I am exploding with curiosity :-D !

reader Dilaton said...

To me one of the other female physicists looked slightly like Renata Kallosh ;-)

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