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Professor Salzman is a physicist at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1995, wherein he overseess the summer program on superstring theory. As a student of this blunt colleague of Dr. Sturgis[1], Sheldon quickly finds out that Germans are not the warm, fun-loving people he was led to believe.

He designates Sheldon by the demeaning appellation dummkopf (meaning "stupid head" in German), prompted by his lack of knowledge regarding Calabi-Yau manifolds. Sheldon's lagging level of understanding of differential geometry is further illustrated when he is revealed to be unfamiliar with anti-de Sitter spaces by Salzman's newly appointed girl tutor, Mei-Tung, a fellow prodigy in his class who the professor knows to have an undergraduate background in education. Salzman condescendingly states that Sheldon's alma mater is charming, belying his true sentiment that it is not prestigious: "There is no East MIT." He asserts that this is rather unlike the academic institutions of his other classmates (by far, not his peers), which are among the most elite in the world. Further, with a colorful analogue, he merits that, at some point, we must inquire of the "piano-playing dog," not is he a dog, but whether he is any good at playing the piano. (A Roulette Wheel and a Piano Playing Dog)

Trivia[]

  • Professor Salzman's lectures include topics such conservation of supercharges, compactification of dimensions, and spherical Hankel transforms.
  • Salzman is portrayed by Robert Picardo, known for his role as the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) in Star Trek: Voyager, a show Sheldon has mentioned among the Star Trek series he has watched.
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