Particle Fever (2014)
Critic Consensus: The concepts behind its heady subject matter may fly over the heads of most viewers, but Particle Fever presents it in such a way that even the least science-inclined viewers will find themselves enraptured.
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Critic Reviews for Particle Fever
Particle Fever explores with awe-inspiring precision, and in remarkably accessible language, how 10,000 scientists and engineers from around the world built what in effect is the ultimate test tube for particle physics.
The enthusiasm, idealism, and cheerful brilliance of the six subjects convey the thrill, if not the full significance, of this scientific breakthrough.
Even the most math-averse viewer will be on pins and needs to know the results.
The filmmakers find room for some witty philosophical bull sessions and affectionate portraits of some of the physicists; this is an agreeable light entertainment on a complex subject.
Audience Reviews for Particle Fever
Science: Real science about how our galaxy, our universe is built. In making scientific progress toward understanding how the world works, these scientists show infectious excitement and explain the basics of the Large Hadron Collider in terms most of us can grasp. The graphics and variety of international interview subjects keep the film from becoming too much like a dull university lecture. Then there is the fact that these scientists remind me of the cast of The Big Bang Theory. These are the sort of personalities that those characters are based upon.
For those like me with a background in physics and/or up to date on the subject, this doc won't offer much and will even prove to be a bit repetitious (and dull), as it wastes too much time on emotions instead of talking science, thus more recommended for the uninitiated than experts.
An easy to digest, simply made movie about questions that aren't so simple.
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