Particle Fever

Particle Fever

DVD - 2015
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Follow six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2015]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD 539.73609 PAR

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SFPL_danielay Jun 01, 2017

A science documentary as exciting as a thriller.

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thebritlass
Mar 12, 2016

This is definitely only for science geeks, but if that describes you, you'll enjoy the human backstory and the clarification of the Supersymmetry vs multiverse debate

real_thing Mar 09, 2016

Borring. they need the science guy

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Nursebob
Feb 27, 2016

Director Mark Levinson’s engaging documentary follows the people at CERN’s LHC (Large Hadron Collider) project during the hectic final weeks before the big event as their excitement grows and the world press eagerly gathers to report on either a triumphant victory or a crushing failure. Interviewing a series of amicable personalities from a post-doc student who compares the atmosphere at CERN to a bunch of six-year olds awaiting the best birthday party ever to an ebullient project manager dividing his time between fretting over alarm bells and doing kitchen science experiments with his children, it quickly becomes apparent that everyone even remotely involved with the LHC possesses an infectious enthusiasm for discovery which makes all those boring old highschool physics classes suddenly seem monumentally worthwhile. Making his subject’s esoteric chalkboard scribbles even remotely accessible to the educated layman is no easy task and Levinson doesn’t quite achieve it, but the talking heads do manage to convey a clear sense of what it is they’re looking for and its far-reaching implications concerning the nature of everything we refer to as “reality”. Far from presenting dry formulae and academic doublespeak, Levinson manages to delve behind a sea of university degrees to show the human side of the equation with theoretical physicists engaged in a jocular rivalry with their experimental counterparts, press conferences turning into PR stand-up routines, and the man who predicted it all in the first place, British professor Peter Higgs now in his 80s, wiping an anticipatory tear from his eye as a press conference reveals CERN’s initial findings. “Why do humans do science, why art?” ruminates one distinguished academician only to answer himself with his next sentence, “The things that are least important for our survival are the very things that make us human.” Sadly, a bigger and better LHC had been planned for Texas but congressional blustering effectively mothballed it and its skeletal framework is now home to cobwebs and juvenile graffiti.

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Apr 05, 2016

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MJTR
Apr 05, 2016

I'm my opinion, this is one film that certainly encourages me even more to be a physician every time I watch it. It helps you to understand a little bit more about what's happening actually in the research on particle physics. Would suggest it to anyone who wants to learns more about the basics of physics

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