Leonard and Sheldon are having Penny over for the first time. Penny is very impressed with their boards containing complicated formulas.
Leonard: Okay, well, make yourself at home.
Penny: Okay, thank you.
Leonard: You’re very welcome.
Penny: This looks like some serious stuff, Leonard, did you do this?
Sheldon: Actually that’s my work.
Sheldon: Yeah, well, it’s just some quantum mechanics, with a little string theory doodling around the edges. That part there, that’s just a joke, it’s a spoof of the Bourne-Oppenheimer approximation.
Penny: So you’re like, one of those, beautiful mind genius guys.
Penny: This is really impressive.
Leonard: I have a board. If you like boards, this is my board.
Penny: Holy smokes.
Sheldon: If by holy smokes you mean a derivative restatement of the kind of stuff you can find scribbled on the wall of any men’s room at MIT, sure.
Make yourself at home. = If you say to a guest “Make yourself at home”, you are making them feel welcome and inviting them to behave in an informal, relaxed way.
Quantum mechanics and string theory = important theories in physics
to doodle = to draw pictures or patterns when you are bored
spoof = a funny and silly piece of writing, music, theatre, etc. that copies the style of an original work
approximation = a guess of a number that is not exact but that is close
beautiful mind = A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical film about the mathematician John Nash.
Holy smoke / Holy smokes = used to show that you think something is surprising, shocking, or impressive
derivative = not new or original but has been developed from something else
restatement = the act of saying something again or in a different way
men’s room = a toilet for men in a public building
MIT = short for Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(definitions taken from the Cambridge Dictionary, the Collins Dictionary and Wikipedia)
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