The Atom Smashers

The Atom Smashers

DVD - 2008
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Examines fifteen months at Fermilab as they scour the subatomic world for a particle so important that it has been dubbed the "god particle" and the "holy grail" of physics.
Publisher: [Chicago] : 137 Films ; [Alexandria, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780793694976
Branch Call Number: DVD 539.73 ATOM SMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 73 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 27, 2014

Interesting doc on the international race to build bigger and better particle accelerators in order to find concrete evidence of the Higgs’ boson, that most elusive piece of the atomic puzzle. Being the first to detect this infinitesimally small phenomenon would not only be invaluable in explaining the universe as we know it, it would also earn its discoverer a Nobel prize. Brown and Ross keep the pace brisk and the scientists they interview are both engaging and amiable. Somewhere along the line they even manage to make the mysterious world of subatomic particles accessible to all those armchair geeks in the audience. But when the focus shifts to the Bush administration’s funding cuts to scientific research you realize that this may be little more than an eighty minute PR video. Not exactly worthy of the Discovery channel but worth a peek if you have nothing else planned.

May 29, 2013

A very enjoyable documentary about the Fermilab, on a personal level, where it is not just the science, but the people involved that make this a memorable story.


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