Particle Fever

Higgs Centre colloquium

Particle Fever

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 29th November 2013
  • Speaker: (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Location: Higgs Centre Seminar Room, Room 4305,

Event details


I describe the analysis of the Standard Model of particle physics that has led a generation to believe that there is (accessible) physics beyond it. I also introduce the idea of the multiverse that has shaken that belief. Then I present the impact data from the Large Hadron Collider has had, and will have, on both. I will then argue that the natural response to such a situation in physics is to make a feature-length documentary film for the general public with this setup generating the narrative.  Well… that's what I decided to do anyway.

This talk is a blend of the physics that has led to a revolution, and the components required to capture it on film. The film-making team, including Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch, has world-premiered the movie at the Sheffield DocFest and will release it in theatres next spring. The movie is Particle Fever.

Particle Fever screening

The Colloquium will be followed by a private, pre-release screening of the film Particle Fever, about the discovery of the Higgs Boson, in the Higgs Centre. Provisional start-time is 2.15pm. Run time is 97mins.

Doors will be open at 12.45pm, directions will be posted from the foyer. The Colloquium will be followed by coffee and biscuits from 2pm.