Blastr: My favorite TV scientists

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June 17 2011 10:25 AM

Blastr: My favorite TV scientists

Good news, everyone!

I've written a new article for Blastr, the news and opinion web portal for the SyFy channel. This one is "7 TV scientists that even real scientists approve of", and is essentially my Top 6 (with a tie for second place, bringing it to 7) favorite fictional scientists on TV. The picture here may be something of a spoiler for one of them. Whaaaa?

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I originally wrote the article as my favorite astronomers on TV, but decided to expand it to all scientists. That didn't change my list much; it just made it easier to include a couple of folks. The problem with a list like this is, first, keeping it short -- there are a lot of potential candidates. I got around that by adding an Honorable Mention at the bottom of each section.

Also, it's hard to remember everyone! For example, several commenters on the article point out I didn't include Walter Bishop from Fringe, and I have to cop to that one. I really like Walter, and to be honest the reason I didn't include him is because of my initial astronomer prejudice, plus I haven't watched the show in a while! I still haven't gotten around to seeing the season finale because I'm trying to finish out Stargate Atlantis and the latest Doctor Who episodes.

And, oh yeah, having a life, too. So much TV to watch! But the weather's nice in Boulder, and my bike gets so lonely...

Anyway, go give it a read and leave a comment there if you love it or hate it, or want to chastise me for leaving off some scientist or another.

And maybe I'll have to do this same thing for movie scientists, too. After all, Clayton Forrester is top man in nuclear and astrophysics! He knows all about meteors!



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