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April 22, 2015

Film screening of 'Particle Fever' Thursday, April 23, followed by a Q-and-A on the discovery, science of the Higgs boson

Submitted by Debra Dandaneau

Particle Fever movie poster

K-State's physics department will host a screening of the documentary "Particle Fever" at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. The film will be followed by a Q-and-A session led by Tim Bolton, physics professor. The event is free and open to the public.

"Particle Fever" gives audiences a front-row seat to our generation's most significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. The film 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.

From more than 100 countries, 10,000 scientists join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. But our heroes confront an even bigger challenge, have we reached our limit in understanding why we exist? "Particle Fever" is a celebration of discovery, revealing the very human stories behind the tale of this epic experiment.

Bolton teaches and performs experimental research in high energy physics with the K-State physics department. He was a member of Compact Muon Solenoid, one of the two scientific teams that discovered the Higgs boson at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

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