Physics is big right now. It's fascinating, there's more to be learned than ever before, and with superstar scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson bringing it down to the level of us mere laymen and making mind-bending concepts seem real, physics is experiencing perhaps its greatest surge of popularity in decades.
Which is why a new documentary is set to be exactly the thing that we need right now. Particle Fever is the stunning and informative documentary about the history-changing construction and launch of the Large Hadron Collider, which is digestible for both the pros and mere mortals; and 'celebrates an event of earth-shattering importance'.
According to The Denver Post:
The film follows six physicists from the scheduled startup of the CERN Large Hadron Collider to the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson (or "God particle"), the infinitesimal, hitherto-hypothetical cornerstone of the whole field of particle physics, and a key ingredient in the creation of the universe. The documentary is a surefire crowd-pleaser with ravishing imagery and immensely likeable subjects.
The film is timely with the recent awarding of the Nobel Prize in physics to Peter W. Higgs and Francois Englert, the theoretical physicists who first proposed the existence of the Higgs boson. In addition to its impressive size and scope (it's the largest machine ever built by man), the collider unites 10,000 scientists from 100 countries in excited, collaborative harmony. But if cooperation and coordination are the joyous order of the day, all is not smooth sailing.
Apparently the weight of the mysterious particle will determine which of two contrasting theories will hold sway: "supersymmetry," which posits a harmonious, stable, knowable world, or "multiverse," which proposes a more chaotic, unstable one — and might well annihilate well-established concepts underlying scientists' lifelong endeavors.
We engage in this sensational documentary through the expertise of cinematographer Claudia Raschke-Robinson, who captures physicists 'furiously scribbling scientific formulae', which is partnered by Robert Miller's mathematically superb score, which adds to the surprising level of suspense.
According to some sources, when the scientists were approached about the documentary, they asked just one thing of the filmmakers: Don't make them [the scientists] seem boring, because science is anything but, and they wanted the documentary to be something the average viewer could watch and love. It's kind of fantastic that they only thing they were concerned about was that the film conveyed the excitement and beauty of what they were building, no?
Particle Fever is currently in select theaters.
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(Source: Denver Post)