A movie night suggestion!
Blog :Life and Times in Bangalore
Date: 7/2/2012 4:54:19 AM
Watched a fascinating one hour long documentary today on the hunt for the God particle – the Higgs Boson. We’re officially crazy in this household – all time stopped for this movie in the morning after the kids went to school, transfixed…seriously.
What is so amazing about this video?
1. It starts off at a level every one can get behind and leaves you at the same level….you are panting for more;
2. It represents a lot of things visually, making something pretty complex accessible to most age groups;
3. It uses a basis we all know to start with: the Big Bang, start of life, dinosaurs, etc.;
4. Nature and scenes we all see and understand and interspersed;
5. Nobel prize winners are interviewed in a jargon less, public access way – this one home in the Cambridge/thereabouts area of one is filled with games and puzzles, he finishes a blank one and explains the equation they’re trying to finish up, visually and verbally exciting;
6. It explicitly shows the diversity of work that has helped this experiment happen – CERN to Maryland. It has women and men from many countries;
7. AND the BIG one: the passion people have for their work shines through. The fun of it, the daily ride in on a bicycle, the uncertainty, the excitement, the human-ness of it all….how nice it feels to be working with what makes your world go around….figuratively for a person and quite literally in the experiment.
An announcement is awaited on Wednesday, a video on NDTV with scientists cheering was glimpsed. In between my calling plumbers and electricians, the TV volume on mute, I missed the pre-announcement.
Science is fun. That the Higgs-Boson has an Indian connection – Boson is in honour of Satyendranath Bose, a contemporary of Einstein who published Bose’s paper and collaborated with him, is an incidental fact that my kids will get a kick out of. It will make Math cool (and their father a bit cooler in their eyes!) and Physics the stuff of mystery, science fiction and plain fun.
What’s not to love? Enjoy the excitement!