"Particle Fever"--A Thrilling New Documentary About the Search for the Higgs Boson (VIDEO Preview)
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March 22, 2014

"Particle Fever"--A Thrilling New Documentary About the Search for the Higgs Boson (VIDEO Preview)


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Mark Levinson’s thrilling new documentary “Particle Fever,” which depicts the 2012 discovery of the fabled Higgs boson – the Holy Grail of particle physics, and makes the greatest scientific achievement of our new century come alive, and by making the theoretical and experimental frontiers of physics seem so profoundly urgent and cool. The film captures the collective worldwide excitement when the LHC comes online for the first time, and when two separate teams of researchers confirm the discovery of the previously unknown elementary particle with a mass between 125 and 127 giga-electron-volts.

"Most of us outside the discipline of physics," writes Andrew O'Heir in a brilliant review of the documentary, "can only understand the theoretical backdrop of the quest for the Higgs, and the debates and conundrums arising from its apparent discovery, in simplified or metaphorical terms." The existence of the boson is taken as evidence of the “Higgs field,” which breaks certain laws of symmetry that otherwise hold in the universe and permits various elementary particles to possess mass, ultimately making structures like atoms and stars, planets and ultimately organic life forms possible.

 

      

 

Levinson swings back and forth, O'Heir says, between the two interdependent realms of physics research, the theoretical and the experimental. "Some theorists," he writes, "lean toward the “multiverse” model – the anti-supersymmetrical idea that our universe is just one bubble of an infinity of bubbles and create breathtaking mathematical models that may shed light on the many unexplained mysteries of physical reality. But without experimental physicists like Fabiola Gianotti and Monica Dunford, who helped design, build and run the LHC — apparently the largest and most sophisticated machine ever built by human beings – their theoretical models could never be anything more than extremely well-informed speculation."

The film shows a global community of scientists who are working at the intellectual leading edge of physics, in territory, O'Heir observes, that once would have sounded more like theology or science fiction."How do we account for the fine-tuning of the universe," O'Heir asks, "for the fact that the Big Bang and the subsequent events produced stars, planets and ultimately organic life forms, when there seems to be no inevitable or inescapable reason why it should have turned out that way? (Of course, as various progenitors of the “anthropic principle” have noted, the only possible universe we can observe is one that has evolved to have observers in it.) Supersymmetry and the multiverse hypothesis supply different potential answers: Maybe there is an inherent and immutable order and we just can’t see it yet, or maybe we just happen to live in a 'lucky' universe, surrounded by kazillions of others that are balls of gas or goo without matter or life."

“Particle Fever” is now playing in Los Angeles, New York, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Toronto. It opens March 14 in Chicago, Nashville, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle; March 19 in Ithaca, N.Y.; March 21 in Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington; March 28 in Atlanta, Houston, Kansas City, Santa Fe, N.M., and Columbus, Ohio; April 4 in Charlotte, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., and Boise, Idaho; April 11 in Albany, N.Y.; and April 18 in Eugene, Ore., Knoxville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, with more cities, online streaming and home video to follow.

The image at the top of the page shows the ghostly blue clouds in the center of the Abell 1689 galaxy cluster above show where astronomers think dark matter is hiding. Abell 1689 is home to about 1,000 galaxies and trillions of stars. Both the visible galaxies and dark matter add to the gravitational pull in a cluster. These gravitational forces act like a lens, and when light passes through a cluster like Abell 1689, it bends.

The Daily Galaxy via particlefever.com and Salon.com

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Coe (NASA JPL/Caltech and STScI)

Comments

ISN´T IT JUST HILARIOUS?

All kind of scientists are using huge charges of electricity and huge magnets in order to smash particles together without recognizing that electricity and magnetism governs the whole particle experiment and its results?
In real life particles reacts accordingly to their atomic qualities and the only force which can "give weight" is the magnetic one which binds atoms together or repel these.

"Particle Fever" very well describe how the only not understood "fundamental force" "gravity" rules the scientifical world whereas the real other 3 fundamental forces is completely ignored in spite several cases of "gravity" contradictions and lots of gravity anomalies based on theories with particles; masses, and the strange ideas of "actions at distances".

Quote: "Higgs boson – the Holy Grail of particle physics, makes the greatest scientific achievement of our new century come alive, and by making the theoretical and experimental frontiers of physics seem so profoundly urgent and cool" is nothing but The Emperor's New Clothes and his article is nothing more than a self-glorifying hymn in order to keep the funding going in this magical delusion of the world.


a higgs boson walks into a church and the priest says "We don't allow higgs bosons in here " The higgs boson then replies "but without me how can you have mass ? "

A particle goes thru the LHC and smashes into a proton. A Higgs Bosun emerges and is quickly destroyed. The scientists are called mass murderers.

wont it be funny when one day far in the future things like the haddron collider and quantum mechanics are considered simple knowledge. Imagine first day of high school every kid gets a mini collider kit and builds as part of their coriculum. probably all complaining and bored with what was once considered the greatest achievement of technological man. i wonder what knowledge man will be questing for then...

To have proven a theory such as the Higgs Field so soon after the theory has been formulated is relatively amazing. It is definitely almost unbelievable that so soon after the large hadron collider was built in Europe, the Higgs Boson was found. It's just a shame that our computers are not yet strong enough to process the tremendous amount of data that the LHC produces,otherwise the speed at which the Higgs Boson decays probably not be a factor causing issues for the scientists studying the Boson. A problem computer specialists will sort out soon hopefully.
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