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Particle Fever: A Movie About the LHC Comes to US Theaters March 5

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“Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity.” -Particle Fever: With One Switch, Everything Changes.

A few months back a new movie, an important one in the field of science, and a delight to particle physicists everywhere, debuted at the New York Film Festival. SciAm’s own Clara Moskowitz even shared her experience of attending the preview. And soon you’ll be able to experience it for yourself as it will debut in select theaters March 5. Take a look at their trailer:

From their youtube channel description:

“For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant 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, pushing the edge of human innovation.

As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined 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. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge: have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist?

Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine.”

If you want to keep up with exact release dates in your area theaters and special showings, be sure to Like Particle Fever on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter.

I’m excited for it’s wider release! If you can’t make one of the theaters listed on their website, there is also the option to purchase it for streaming online.

Joanne Manaster About the Author: Joanne Manaster is a university level cell and molecular biology lecturer with an insatiable passion for science outreach to all ages. Enjoy her quirky videos at, on twitter @sciencegoddess and on her Facebook page at JoanneLovesScience Follow on Twitter @sciencegoddess.

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  1. 1. Spironis 7:56 pm 01/26/2014

    If there are Higgs gauge bosons (at least four) and the one at 125 GeV/c^2 is the over-all mass-conferring one (theory says it is waaay too light) then “find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter” is rubbish. 99.97+% of all visible matter is made of protons and neutrons, quarks. The Higgs confers at most 1% of their mass, there rest being gluon kinetic energy.

    Leon Lederman’s original book title was The Goddamn Particle. The Editor would not go for it.

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  2. 2. jtdwyer 5:04 am 01/27/2014

    I’ve got a great deal of respect for CERN’s accomplishments, but this is the worst possible collection of hyperbolic quips & sound bytes I’ve ever seen!
    CERN is essentially lying when it claims to have invented the world wide web! It didn’t even invent text mark-up languages or search facilities, much less academic networking – utter nonsense!

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  3. 3. SilverSlash 8:12 am 01/27/2014

    ‘Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist and at that time employee of CERN, a European research organisation near Geneva,[4] wrote a proposal in March 1989 for what would eventually become the World Wide Web.[1] The 1989 proposal was meant for a more effective CERN communication system but Berners-Lee eventually realised the concept could be implemented throughout the world’
    Source: Wikipedia

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  4. 4. AMRosa 12:22 am 02/1/2014

    @jtdwyer: You may be thinking of ARPAnet, which was the precursor to the internet and was a consortium of the US Military’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Stanford, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and University of Utah.

    SilverSlash is correct. Tim Berners-Lee, a physicist by training is credited with writing the initial code that would become the world wide web, including Hypertext Markup protocols and browser while he was at CERN.

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