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Particle Fever

PARTICLE FEVER follows the inside story of six brilliant scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, documenting the successes and setbacks in the planet’s most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough. This film is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.

Director: Mark Levinson
Year: 2013
Time: 99 min

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Mark Levinson And David Kaplan On Catching Particle Fever

“In 2006, I knew that this big event would come, the machine was going to turn on and I’m just not trained as a filmmaker, so I decided somebody needed to record it. It was going to have such a dramatic emotional impact on everybody in my field and it’s a great story I’ve been telling all my family for years.”

Read the full article on the Movable Fest.

Editor Walter Murch

“PARTICLE FEVER is the first feature-length documentary that Walter Murch has edited, although archival and documentary footage has been part of a number of his films.”

This article walks you through the editing work – a look behind the scenes.

Physics For Idiots

Curious to learn the basics of physics – and more?

Check out Physics For Idiots!

The Best Analogies Scientists and Journalists Use To Explain the Higgs Boson

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When Jazz Collided With Physics

“A unique combination of man and machine – the first concert performance by a pianist and the Large Hadron Collider.

A team of scientists at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland has turned live data from an experiment at the LHC into music, and a jazz pianist has been playing along.”

Watch the video on BBC.

7 Big Discoveries Made at CERN

“The world’s biggest atom smasher, where monumental discoveries such as the detection of the once-elusive Higgs boson particle and the creation of antimatter have occurred, is celebrating its 60th anniversary today (Sept. 29).”

Continue reading at Live Science.

Interview With Peter Higgs

“I have this kind of underlying incompetence (…) I got left behind by all the technical details, and never caught up’ “

Forty-nine years after Peter Higgs identified the Higgs boson particle, he won the 2013 Nobel prize. Here he reveals he has never sent an email or browsed the web – and reckons no one would employ him nowadays.

Read the full article on the Guardian.

Theorists, Experimentalists and The Bias In Popular Physics

“Most people with more than a passing interest in physics will tell you who came up with the idea of quarks – Murray Gell-Mann. Now gather around the same crowd which knows about Gell-Mann and ask them who Henry Kendall, Jerome Friedman and Richard Taylor are. It’s very likely that you will draw mostly blank stares.”

Read the full article here.


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