13 April 2011

Research professors on film

Alyssa wonders how best to portray research professors on film.

The answer, of course, is that Chuck Lorre has already solved this problem in The Big Bang Theory, using a Rocky montage. (I'd embed the YouTube link, but embedding is disabled.)

That depiction, of course, is not entirely accurate. In my experience, it misses two critical points: (a) caffeine and (b) occasional profanity. But the essential elements -- silence, nerds, concentration, and a dry-erase board -- are all there.