Particle Fever screening

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Photograph: Courtesy Particle Fever

Particle Fever is directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, and is masterfully edited by Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The English Patient, The Godfather trilogy), which probably does well to explain the film's skillful chronicling of both a colossal scientific breakthrough and the Hollywood-style hero narratives of the six scientists behind it. Seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, the scientists join forces to launch the Large Hadron Collider, endeavoring to recreate the conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson. Even if you're not interested in the origin of all matter (but why wouldn't you be?), Particle Fever is ultimately a celebration of discovery, and the very human stories behind the epic Machine are pretty extraordinary as well.

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