This year’s World Science Festival, a weekend-long event that aims to bring together world-class science programming designed to inspire, educate and entertain audiences of all ages, starts today. The festival features screenings, performances, lectures, interactive discussions and more, and the wide-ranging program covers topics from the science of weather, to a comet in Brooklyn to the intersections of the literary and the scientific.
On Friday May 30th at 7:00PM, Museum of the Moving Image will host a special screening of the Sloan-supported Large Hadron Collider documentary, Particle Fever. A discussion following the screening will feature director Mark Levinson, producer and physicist David Kaplan, cinematographer Claudia Raschke-Robinson, and physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed.
Imagine watching Edison turn on the first light bulb, or Franklin receive the first jolt of electricity. The critically acclaimed Particle Fever is a front-row ride to one of the most important scientific discoveries of our age, following the scientists who collaborated on the biggest and most expensive scientific experiment in history: the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson—the final particle to complete the Standard Model of Particle Physics. 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?