Monday, July 18, 2016

The Movie Particle Fever

I watched the move "Particle Fever" on Netflix and thought it was excellent. The reviews have been outstanding. You do not have to have a Ph.D. in physics to absolutely become enthralled in the entire story of the Large Hadron Collider and Higgs boson particle as told through the eyes of a young physicist who realized how important these topics were and felt it should be captured on film.

As the movie's description states:

"As the Large Hadron Collider is about to be launched for the first time, physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure."

Below is a nice summary from wikipedia:

"Particle Fever is a 2013 American documentary film tracking the first round of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. The film follows the experimental physicists at CERN who run the experiments, as well as the theoretical physicists who attempt to provide a conceptual framework for the LHC's results. The film begins in 2008 with the first firing of the LHC and concludes in 2012 with the successful identification of the Higgs boson.

The Communication Awards of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine awarded a $20,000 prize for excellence in communicating science to the general public in Film/Radio/TV to David Kaplan and Mark Levinson for "Particle Fever" on October 14, 2015. The awards are given to individuals in four categories: books, film/radio/TV, magazine/newspaper and online, and are supported by the W. M. Keck Foundation."

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