March 15, 2014 at 4:20 am

Particle Fever: A Science on Screen Event with David Ingram, April 15

Dr. David Ingram, Professor and Chair of Physics & Astronomy, introduces the new documentary Particle Fever  on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the Athena Cinema in Athens.

Particle FeverThe movie is hosted by the Athena as part of the cinema’s “Science on Screen” event series during the 41st Athens International Film and Video Festival.

Ingram is a nuclear experimentalist whose research includes growing new electronic and optical materials and studying their properties. He is the past director of the John E. Edwards Accelerator Lab, which is part of the Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics at Ohio University. Before the film, Ingram will talk about the basic science of the “smallest” particles, as well as the scales by which energy and matter are studied at many levels by physicists.

“One thing I find fascinating about the movie Particle Fever is the theme of what has transpired during the 50 years since Peter Higgs made a prediction. What we’re seeing here is history in the making and how real research is being done,” he said.

Particle Fever is a riveting documentary by physicist-turned-filmmaker, Mark Levinson. With the help of legendary film editor, Walter Murch, Levinson follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start of the biggest experiment in the history of the planet. As they seek the keys to unlocking the very building blocks of physics, the six protagonists join more than 10,000 other scientists in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, the particle that would explain the origins of all matter.

The Athena Cinema was one of 20 non-profit cinemas nationwide selected for the Science on Screen program where movies are paired with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The event will be free and open to the public and free popcorn will be available for the first 50 people attending.

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