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The Big Brain Theory 

THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS searches for America's brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers and pits them against one another in seemingly impossible engineering challenges. Host ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Kal Penn ...  Himself - Host 8 episodes, 2013
Joe Caravella Joe Caravella ...  Himself - Contestant & Rocket Scientist 8 episodes, 2013
Gui Cavalcanti Gui Cavalcanti ...  Himself - Contestant & Robotics Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Amy Elliott Amy Elliott ...  Herself - Contestant & Engineering Grad Student 8 episodes, 2013
Cory Fleischer Cory Fleischer ...  Himself - Contestant & Mechanical Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Mark Fuller Mark Fuller ...  Himself - Judge & CEO, W.E.T. 8 episodes, 2013
Joel Ifill Joel Ifill ...  Himself - Contestant & Welding Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Tom Johnson Tom Johnson ...  Himself - Contestant & Mechanical Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Dan Moyers Dan Moyers ...  Himself - Contestant & Space Systems Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Andrew Stroup Andrew Stroup ...  Himself - Contestant & Defense Systems Engineer 8 episodes, 2013
Eric Whitman Eric Whitman ...  Himself - Contestant & Robotics Grad Student 8 episodes, 2013
Alison Wong Alison Wong ...  Herself - Contestant & Product Designer 8 episodes, 2013
Christine Gulbranson ...  Herself - Judge & Founder & CEO of Christalis 7 episodes, 2013


THE BIG BRAIN THEORY: PURE GENIUS searches for America's brightest, boldest, out-of-the-box thinkers and pits them against one another in seemingly impossible engineering challenges. Host Kal Penn tasks competitors with building secure yet portable bunkers, triathlon-competing robots, and more. The winner will receive $50,000 and a one-year job contract.

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April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Its not bad show.So give it a chance!
16 June 2013 | by werkis2002See all my reviews

Its not bad show, well it needs some changes in next season.I don't like drama in it. Also i didn't liked judges decisions on 30 minute board design challenge cause in my opinion they didn't picket best few times although what i know anyway i m not an engineer. And when i m watching BBT PG i always am thinking on scrapheap challenge where they build crazy machines from junk just in 10 hours (including design)although usually they are provided with junk they need/could be used for they build.

And speaking of using already existing designs Edison didn't invented light bulb he invented better light bulb.

Thomas Edison, the renowned and prolific American inventor, sports a laundry list of accomplishments including the invention of all manner of gadgets. What's interesting about the list, however, is that a significant number of things we attribute to Edison were simply refined by him in some fashion–like the humble light bulb.

Edison didn't invent electrical lighting or even the light bulb. He did, in fact, experiment widely with filaments and light bulb construction to help produce one of the first economically viable light bulbs. He also played a big role in the early development of power grids and power distribution. The actual invention of the light bulb is an accolade reserved for Sir Humprey Davy.

In 1806 Humprey Davy gave a the first demonstration of a light bulb. The device, what we now refer to as an arc lamp, arcs huge amounts of electricity between two charcoal rods. The illumination was extremely bright and impractical for residential application. The original demonstration was more a proof of concept demonstration than anything else as the arc lamp quickly drained the battery it was attached to. With the advent of more advanced electrical delivery systems (such as electrical grids and on-location generators) the arc lamp became more practical, albeit with limited application. The lamps were used for light houses and for public areas in need of bright illumination.

Various experimenters attempted to tame Davy's brilliant arc lamps into something more practical for small-scale use (such as in a home or business) but with limited success. Early attempts to create filaments were unsuccessful as the filament would eventually burn up thanks to the oxygen rich environment around it. Throughout the 19th century experiments were conducted with different filaments but it wasn't until inventors, starting with Frederick DeMolelyns, began pumping the air out and creating vacuum-chambered light bulbs that the filaments stood a chance.

Near the end of the 19th century, Edison turned his attention to the problem of electric illumination and, after much experimentation and studying of failed prior light bulb designs, began using strands of carbonized bamboo as a filament. His early light bulbs has a light span of only 600 hours, but that was long enough to catch the attention and interest of the public. Edison light bulbs were installed at prominent locations around New York City such as the downtown Macy's store; it was the first store in the world to be illuminated by electric light.

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