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David Saltzberg

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David Saltzberg
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Date of birth 1967
Credit Science consultant
First episode Pilot
Unaired Pilot
# of episodes All

David Saltzberg, Ph.D. (b. 1967) is an astroparticle physicist and the science consultant for the CBS television situation-comedy, The Big Bang Theory, checking scripts and meeting with the producers, writers, actors, set decorators, prop masters, and other crew to help ensure scientific accuracy of the show. He has been the show's science consultant ever since the unaired pilot. He also writes a blog, The Big Blog Theory, that explains the science behind the episodes.



Physicist David Saltzberg checks all the science on The Big Bang Theory, even the equations on the whiteboards, like Dolbear's Law: Equation describing how a cricket's chirps per minute (N) is related to the ambient temperature (T).

David Saltzberg is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received a bachelor's degree in Physics in 1989 from Princeton University where he worked in the Princeton Cyclotron. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1994, where he measured the mass of the W boson at the Fermilab Tevatron and CDF detector.

In 1995-97, he performed post-graduate work at CERN on the CHORUS experiment looking for νμ to ντ oscillations with a 1-ton photographic emulsion target.

Saltzberg returned to the U.S. and CDF as a faculty member at UCLA where he and his group helped build the CDF Run-II detector at the Fermilab Tevatron. His group looks for signs of supersymmetry and measures exotic properties of the top quark.

Saltzberg's current interests are high energy particle physics and high-energy neutrino astronomy, using radio detection techniques. He is currently working on the ANITA project, which recently completed three successful scientific balloon flights in Antarctica, and also collaborating with the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

TBBT Specials

David Saltzberg appears on the following specials from The Big Bang Theory:

  • Physicist to the Stars (2009)
  • Access All Areas (2012)


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Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz  ‧  Stuart Bloom  ‧  Emily Sweeney  ‧  Leslie Winkle    The Social Group
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Laura Spencer  ‧  Sara Gilbert
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Crew Writers Chuck Lorre * (Creator)  ‧  Bill Prady * (Creator)  ‧  Steven Molaro *  ‧  Steve Holland *  ‧  Maria Ferrari *  ‧  Jim Reynolds *  ‧  Eric Kaplan *  ‧  Anthony Del Broccolo  ‧  Lee Aronsohn *  ‧  Dave Goetsch *  ‧  Tara Hernandez  ‧  Richard Rosenstock *
Directors Mark Cendrowski  ‧  Peter Chakos * (mainly as Editor)  ‧  Anthony Rich  ‧  James Burrows
Science consultant : David Saltzberg Director of photography : Steven V. Silver
Costume designer : Mary T. Quigley * Unit production manager : Kelly-Anne Lee *
Theme composer / performer : Barenaked Ladies Chuck Lorre Productions
also as Producer The Big Bang Theory : Full cast & crew on IMDb

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