CERN: Jesse Dylan pays homage to the Collider


Jesse Dylan, founder of Lybba and Wondros, our filmmaking partner, expresses his awe of the Large Hadron Collider in his film about the "creativity of the quest for origins", posted on YouTube today in honor of the exciting developments in physics announced recently by CERN.

The pronouncement of the discovery of the new subatomic particle that looks like the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why there is diversity and life in the universe, signals a likely end to one of the longest, most expensive searches in the history of science. 

The New York Times reports that according to the Standard Model, the Higgs boson is "the only manifestation of an invisible force field, a cosmic molasses that permeates space and imbues elementary particles with mass. Without the Higgs field, as it is known, or something like it, all elementary forms of matter would zoom around at the speed of light, flowing through our hands like moonlight. There would be neither atoms nor life."

This is indeed an impressive opening act for the Collider, the world’s biggest “physics machine”, which cost $10 billion to build and began operating only two years ago. It was a visit to the Collider in 2009 that inspired Dylan to make the film to acknowledge the work and spirit of scientists, such as Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist and explorer who proposed the theory of natural selection; Richard Feynman, American Nobel Prizing winning physicist known for the theory of quantum electrodynamics; and Brian Cox, a particle physicist and Royal Society research fellow at CERN.

  1. lisa

    During college I took a course called Physics for Poets. I was deeply curious about physics, and hoped familiar narrative rungs, like poetry and fiction, could help unlock the vault. No such luck! I left with a sense of frustration and the loss of curiosity.

    Fast forward to this week. I’ve watched the film and read the summary post three times. Each time, something in me reawakens: wonder, curiosity, loss (the gravelly voice of the long-gone Feynman)–and the desire to learn something new, something without bounds.

    Fascination is its own engine: I’m on the trail of Alfred Russel Wallace now–a name which I had never known before this week. To keep discussion alive here at Lybba, here’s what I found in National Geographic, in an article entitled The Man Who Wasn’t Darwin :