Watching: Particle Fever

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Run, don’t walk, to your nearest theater that is playing Particle Fever (watch trailer), a dramatic and thrilling documentary about the discovery of  the Higgs boson, a subatomic morsel believed by physicists to hold the key to understanding the universe. If you don’t believe me that it is better than most dramas, then read the New York Times review or the Roger Ebert review…really Christy Lemire, since Roger is no longer with us.

Here’s Christy Lemire: “Post-doctorate scholar Monica Dunford is the one who consistently explains this complicated process in smart but easy-to-understand terms. She also explains the study itself very well: At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland, scientists and engineers several years ago created the behemoth Large Hadron Collider, an underground, 17-mile ringed tunnel which is the biggest machine humans have ever built. There, they will send beams of protons on a collision course with each other at ridiculously high speeds in hopes of recreating the conditions that existed just after The Big Bang.”  Yes, there are women in this film explaining things!

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