Coming to theatres from director Mark Levinson comes a documentary of how the smallest thing can change the world with PARTICLE FEVER.
This documentary follows six of the world’s scientists who are attempting a scientific breakthrough at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Scientists from over 100 countries want to be a part of launching the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). What this amazing machine will hopefully do is recreate the origin of matter.
That is what scientists hope to achieve by using the Higgs Boson theory. The theory is named for Peter Higgs who, in 1964, came to believe that the boson (a particle with no spin or charge) plays a key role in the mass attained after the Big Bang.
Physicists Fabiola Bianotti, Savas Dimopoulous, Monica Dunford, Martin Aleksa and Nima Arkani-Hamed know everything is at stake with Mike Lamong as Beam Operator.
For what has taken years to bring together – all can be answered in a beam of light.
Participating in the documentary are: Asmina Arvanitaki, James Beacham, Jed Biesiada, Christophe Clement, Andy Cohen, Katherine Copic, Kyle Cranmer, Albert de Roeck, Georgi Dvali, Lyn Evans, Gian Giudice, Sheldon Glashow, Tobias Golling, Benedetto Gonni, Peter Graham, David Gross, Magali Gruwe, Beate Heinemann, and RolpDieter Heuer.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give PARTICLE FEVER four tubs of popcorn out of five. Of course the first thing that will be said is that this film isn’t for everyone – but it should be. It is such a fascinating look at the world of those who dare to dream big to discover something small. It is equally interesting to hear what the scientists hope for now and in the future.
Director Levinson is himself a physicist who became a filmmaker and joined with David Kaplan who is a Professor of Particle Physics at Johns Hopkins University. He says about making the film, “Kaplan has the idea around 2006 to somehow record the start-up of the Large Hadrons Collider as it was going to be a nearly unprecedented moment in the history of science. This machine, when turned on, was going to be able to give answers to some of the deepest questions we had about how the universe works.”
Continuing he says, “People had been waiting fifty years to see if certain basic ideas were true, and suddenly they would know whether they were on the right track, or if maybe it was all a waste and they needed to go back to square one.”
What does he hope viewers will take from the film? “I hope they have a certain appreciation for the wonderful, monumental achievement that is embodies in particle physics.” Having had the pleasure of working with many people who have written books on the subject I was thrilled with PARTICLE FEVER.
It is done so the layman will have no difficulty in understanding what is taking place and once more, the suspense of finding the answer to the questions posed are equally as thrilling to anticipate. On a personal note it was good to see Peter Higgs included in the film. It is a good documentary with even grander understanding with what I hope is more to come!
In the end – with one switch everything changes!