Is Physics becoming attractive due to Big Bang Theory sitcom

The Observer opines physics major is becoming attractive due to the sitcom ‘Big Bang Theory’ popularity.

According to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), there was a 10% increase in the number of students accepted to read physics by the university admissons services between 2008-09, when The Big Bang Theory was first broadcast in the UK, and 2010-11. Numbers currently stand at 3,672. Applications for physics courses at university are also up more than 17% on last year. Philip Walker, an HEFCE spokesman, said the recent spate of popular televisions services had been influential but was hard to quantify.

While I enjoy this serial (occasionally), I don’t think so.  Recent spate of news about Large Hadron Collider’s success is one of the major reasons that physics is becoming attractive.  I will try to find the recent statistics from my university admissions.

Did anyone do a similar survey and concluded Palaeontology became popular due to the superhit sitcom ‘Friends’ in which David Schwimmer portrayed a Palaeontology professor.  By any measure Friends was (and it still is) way more popular and successful than Big Bang Theory.

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