The University of Michigan Physics Department invites you to a special screening of the award-winning, Particle Fever, at the Michigan Theater on Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM.

Part of the Michigan Theater’s Science on Screen series, the evening will feature a post screening Q&A with Johns Hopkins University physics and astronomy Professor David E. Kaplan, who produced the film and appears in it. Professor Kaplan’s visit is made possible by Saturday Morning Physics and the U-M Physics Department.

Advance tickets are available at or by phone at (866) 468-3401.

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

Ann Arbor high school or college science teachers AND their class(es) can attend this event for FREE. Please contact Emily Matthews at (734)668-8397 ext. 46 or by e-mail at to find out how.

Physicists from all over the world in search of the theoretical Higgs particle gathered together to collaborate on the planning and construction of the 18-mile long super-collider at CERN in Switzerland, which was 20 years in the making. The idea was to recreate conditions immediately after the Big Bang, allowing us to move several steps closer to an understanding of the origin of matter. Physicist-turned-filmmaker Mark Levinson was there with his cameras when the collider went online, and he found a way of approaching the experiment as an epic adventure story, involving multiple setbacks, mysteries and – according to hysterical press accounts – the possible end of the world as we know it. The final film, brilliantly edited by Walter Murch, is truly a thrill a minute.

Note: Dr. David E. Kaplan will also present the March 29 Saturday Morning Physics talk, Particles and the Nature of All Things at 10:30 AM in Dennison 170 & 182. Click here for further information about Saturday Morning Physics.

Official Particle Fever website.

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