Regular readers of the Table XI newsletter have come to expect a technological tip or trick from us in each of these emails. However, instead of suggesting a product to you this month, we are going to suggest a movie — The Atom Smashers. Produced by our close friend and sometimes collaborator Andrew Suprenant, Executive Director of 137Films, the award-winning science documentary tracks the search for the Higgs Boson at Fermilab, a government-funded research facility west of Chicago.
For the uninitiated, the Higgs boson is a sub-atomic particle whose existence has been widely postulated by theoretical physicists, but whose existence has never been demonstrated through experimentation. Often referred to as the “God Particle,” it is believed to be the mechanism by which matter has mass. The film covers the search, the science, the politics, and the lives of the scientists doing the research.
The Atom Smashers aired on PBS as part of their Independent Lens series, was premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and has been shown at other festivals around the world. You can purchase a copy of the film directly from the 137 Films web site, or you can . The film is also available for screening at schools and universities, and we highly encourage you to introduce it to the innovative educators in your life.