Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity… Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the envelope 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?
Why You Should See This Film
Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, from the inspiration and initiative of producer David Kaplan and masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, The Godfather trilogy), Particle Fever is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind this epic machine. Heart-racing, mind-expanding and surprisingly moving, it provides accessible insight into the most rarefied of scientific realms.
PRESENTED BY UTS ART FOR ‘SPECTRA: THE ART AND CONSEQUENCE OF COLLABORATION’
Particle Fever has been programmed in response to UTS ART’s new exhibition Spectra: The Art and Consequence of Collaboration, which presents eight Australian artists – Leah Barclay, David Haines, Leah Heiss, Chris Henschke, Joyce Hinterding, Helen Pynor, Erica Seccombe and Martin Walchwhose – whose practices are characterised by a deep and innovative engagement with science. The exhibition explores the increasing convergence of art and science, and considers how each area can inform the other.
The film will be introduced by Dr Martin Bell, an astrophysicist and lecturer at UTS. His research portfolio is a combination of big-data, high performance computing, image processing, mathematics and statistics which are currently applied to leading-edge applications in astronomical research. In particular he tries to understand the time-domain properties of the universe using Australia’s latest fleet of radio telescopes.
- Year: 2013
- Rating: Unclassified
- Director: Mark Levinson
- Duration: 99 minutes
- Language: English