Particle Fever: the film that brings the Higgs boson to life


Particle Fever is a gripping insider account of the world’s biggest, most expensive scientific experiment. But it’s also a real-life drama about understanding the universe, says director Mark Levinson.
Monica Dunford, Particle Fever
A natural: Monica Dunford, one of the Cern physicists who brings the search for the Higgs boson to life in Particle Fever.

A new documentaryParticle Fever, achieves the almost impossible: it makes the workings of the Large Hadron Collider comprehensible – and exciting – to even the most science-phobic viewer. Mark Levinson, the film’s director, first visited Cern, home of the LHC on the Swiss-French border, in 2007 and kept going back until July 2012, when the crack team of physicists concluded a two-decade quest to find the Higgs boson.

Particle Fever follows half a dozen diverse characters – out of more than 10,000 scientists from more than 100 countries – who work on the world’s…

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