TV Science: It’s simple, but clever: Leonard has the idea for a smartphone app that will allow the user to solve differential equations by taking a photo of them. He shares his potential moneymaker with his friends. After receiving a rare compliment from Sheldon on the app’s viability; Leonard invites his pals to help him develop it and become partners in his company.
Sheldon, of course, takes over, first naming himself CEO, COO, and CFO, then trying to name the app after himself. When he forces a vote to try to overthrow Leonard, Leonard fires him. When Sheldon persists in annoying Leonard by playing the there min while the guys are working on the app; Leonard kicks him out of the apartment.
Real Science: There are a few apps along the lines of Shoe Finder, including ScreenShop, which purports to be “Shazam for fashion.”
“The Countdown Reflection,” Season 5:
TV Science: A season-long arc that promises to send Howard Wolowitz into space makes good on that plan. His fellow astronauts, including real-life veteran of two Space Shuttle missions Mike Massimino; amused by Howard’s frightened reaction to the mission, referring to him as “Froot Loops” (his favorite breakfast).
Then treating him with a sedative that turns an anxious Howard into a Howard; who’s so relaxed that he takes his pants off and performs acrobatic moves. Aside from Howard’s awkward relationship with the other astronauts, his mission looks authentic; Massimino also served as a technical consultant for the storyline and the cool Soyuz sets.
Real Science: Massimino, who walked in space four times and is the first person to tweet from space, is now a Columbia University professor and teaches the course “Introduction to Human Space Flight.”