Particle Fever


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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 95%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 6569


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Reviewed by rohit_kaa 10 / 10

A most beautiful piece of work

Modern particle physics can be expressed succinctly in a single piece of paper, but it would take years for the uninitiated to decipher it. This documentary brings one no closer to the inscrutable utterances of that page nor does it try to. What it aims at doing and what it succeeds in is depicting the emotion that drives the people to take on unthinkable tasks and work on it indomitably for decades on end to see some semblance of a result. It brings you closer to the heart of a scientist or an artist and try's to show the fundamental driving force of human endeavor. This is a beautiful piece of film making, and I heavily recommend you, whoever you are, whatever time you are in, wherever you be to watch this , because its worth it .

Reviewed by don2507 9 / 10

The Biggest of Science on the Smallest of Scales

This is a fascinating documentary about the building, operating, and research results of the world's largest, and probably most complex "machine", the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, otherwise known to us laymen as an "atom smasher." As the film depicts, the LHC accelerates protons to near the speed of light (according to CERN each proton traverses the 17-mile loop of the LHC in over 11,000 times per second!) and then directs the two proton beams into a collision that releases extraordinary amounts of energy that resembles the energy level at the birth of the universe (the Big Bang). The LHC is then able to detect micro particles that are created from these extremely energetic collisions and that exist for only a fleeting fraction of a second but whose existence provides clues to the fundamental nature of our world. Much of the research revealed in this film deals with the hopes of detecting the Higgs Boson particle, a fundamental particle whose existence is said to explain why matter has mass but that has never been detected until the LHC arrived.

You don't have to be a physicist (I'm not) to enjoy this film; all a viewer needs is a healthy and very human curiosity about the nature of our world to appreciate the nature of the discoveries the physicists in this film are uncovering. I don't understand all the physics, e.g., super-symmetry, but the filmmakers have focused on the human personalities and motivations of these scientists to allow us to understand and appreciate much of their esoteric research. Essentially, we have a film about the largest and most expensive scientific apparatus ever built that reveals sub-atomic particles that may exist for only a nanosecond, thus "The Biggest of Science on the Smallest of Scales." I was particularly intrigued by the film's separate treatment of theoretical physicists and experimental physicists with their different work styles, personalities, and seeming rivalry. The theoretical physicists are seen deriving their lofty ideas via advanced mathematics on various blackboards (think Einstein), while the experimental physicists are busy designing the apparatus that will generate the "data sets" used to confirm or refute the theories. I got the impression that the experimental physicists, some of them at least, felt that they were subordinate physicists compared to the theoreticians. One of the most engaging scientists in the film is Monica Dunford an experimentalist whose lively personality and enthusiasm for the experimental research at CERN is highlighted by her recollection that when she revealed to a physicist colleague that she wanted to go into experimental physics, his response was: "why do you want to hammer things?" But of course, an earlier CERN physicist reminds us that Galileo was an experimentalist.

This is a film about a huge science undertaking that might resemble a well-done film on the WW II Manhattan Project, an equally huge scientific undertaking. The difference was that the Manhattan Project was top-secret and focused on using nature's forces to construct a bomb of horrendous destructiveness, while "Particle Fever" is an open and very public look of the efforts of some of our smartest scientists to reveal the fundamental nature of our universe.

Reviewed by michelvega 10 / 10

Better than Star Wars

Saw this documentary for the first time today and though I was aware of the research, it put everything back together for me in the most exciting way. After seeing Star Wars 7 last week, I found Particle Fever far more entertaining. I've read and watched shows about Quantum Physics for decades, so by now, I know the importance of the research done at CERN. I'm also quite thrilled to see women involved in the science. No more chicks piking up numbers from a computer and passing them up to men. Usually, physics documentaries leave little place for them. Not this time, they were front and center where they ought to be. The science part is well done, just enough to let you know what's happening, or not, to keep our interest. The pacing, the insights into the most important mysteries are just right. Some humor as well. I liked the bit where one journalist asked what all the Higgs boson discovery would mean to the ordinary people. No idea was the answer but again, no one knew what the discovery of radio waves could be used for at first, since there were no radio set. Science is about letting your curiosity lose and what happens next is the civilization we live in with cell phones, GPS and WiFi. Who knows where the CERN research will lead to in the next decades. Then there's the Machine itself, this enormous contraption built by men and women from everywhere in the world. And the first collisions happening live and broadcast to every corner of the world. What a Story for the Ages. If you understand what science is about, then you must see this very precious piece of History.

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