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Review: Particle Fever

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Particle Fever
by Anthos
Media/PF Productions, Opens March 5 in New York City and March 21 in Washington, D.C.

This documentary, directed by Mark Levinson, accessibly conveys both the science and the human drama behind the largest machine ever built—the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva—and its crowning achievement, the discovery of the Higgs boson particle. Viewers feel the physicists' tension and excitement as the first particles circled the LHC's underground tunnels in 2008, along with the researchers' growing anticipation. The ultimate thrill would come four years later, when they saw results confirming that the long-sought Higgs boson had been found.

This article was originally published with the title "Particle Fever."

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