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Dr. Donna Nelson, the science advisor behind Breaking Bad, opened up about how she contributed to the show.
Nelson is a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma, and her work with Breaking Bad has made her one of the most popular instructors on campus. All Nelson cares about, though, is how her work helped to bring science to the public.
“Every time someone who is not being regularly exposed to science steps in and takes a look at [Breaking Bad], that's an opportunity to win them over. And that's exactly what we need. It's popularizing science,” Nelson told The Week.
Nelson explained that the Breaking Bad writers sent her early versions of the scripts and asked her to check them for scientific accuracy.
“The writers know how to make a script popular; the science advisor knows how to get it correct,” she explained about her role on the Breaking Bad team.
One of the funniest moments for Nelson was when she was asked to list different reducing agents for the chemistry in the show. After she sent them the list, the writers chose to use “aluminum mercury” because it was the only one the actors could pronounce.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Breaking Bad’s series finale Sunday night crushed records with 10.3 million people tuning in.