The Matter of Everything is a feature documentary that explores quantum reality and the interconnectedness of nature from the quantum to the universe. Challenging us to see beyond our everyday sense of experience, the film reveals what we are, a billionth of a billionth of the human scale. At that level, physicists at Fermilab, one of the world’s largest particle accelerators, describe a world more unified than ever imagined.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
Following this weekend’s big news at CERN switching on the LHC’s (Large Hadron Collider) beam again and recording today’s historic first collisions, we are approaching another new year and many faith holidays that accompany it. At this time, we’d like to make a special invitation to a new screening event on Saturday November 28, 4pm at the Revue Cinema, Toronto.
As part of CERN’s exciting developments,
http://www.universetoday.com/2009/11/23/first-collisions-for-the-lhc/ we are very pleased to announce that right after the screening, Theoretical Physicist Dr. Peter Skands will be available for the Q&A live from CERN via video Skype (on the big screen), to answer audience questions. Dr. Skands is one of the physicists who has been featured in The Matter of Everything, while working at Fermilab, and he is currently living and working at CERN in Switzerland.
As well, in anticipation of the hurried blur of festivities fast approaching, we are also looking forward to a meaningful and interactive discussion with Rev. Terry Weller, Publisher and Editor of Interfaith Unity News. We welcome an audience dialogue on science and spirituality and/or religion, especially at this time of year. Please check these links for a new video entitled Notes from Earthon this evolving topic, and also a video of the Nov 7th Q&A that was held at The Mayfair in Ottawa following the screening with Particle Physicist Alain Bellerive from Carleton University.
After turning on the ‘beam’ in 2008 and following a year of fine tuning repairs, the LHC’s highly anticipated startup at CERN in Switzerland is November 2009. At that time, the Large Hadron Collider is scheduled to begin experiments using half of its available power and will gradually increase to full power by the winter of 2010-2011. More info
Meanwhile in Chicago, Fermilab’s Tevatron Collider (featured in The Matter of Everything), continues to edge determinedly closer in its pursuit of the so called “God Particle,” The Higgs Boson. More info
During October, screenings of The Matter of Everything, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and Particle Physicist, Prof. Scott Menary (York U, CERN) will take place on Thursday October 22, 9pm at the Fox Theatre in the Beach, and on Sunday October 25, 4pm at the Bloor Cinema. Tickets $10 at the door. Director Enrico Lappano will accompany the soundtrack live on the cello for both screenings.
UNESCO and the International Astronomical Union have recently launched the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. There are 136 countries participating in various forms of outreach designed to inspire us to connect with the day and night sky - “The Universe, Yours to Discover”. How can you get involved? Read more here.
We have updated our website to include our new poster/dvd artwork. You can see the full image on the www.matterofeverything.com main page, the dvd page, and a variation on the header of the home page. The dvd authoring and printing is now underway.
The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario has appointed Stephen Hawking its first Distinguished Research Chair. In a statement Hawking said, “The institute’s twin focus, on quantum theory and gravity, is very close to my heart and central to explaining the origin of the universe…I look forward to building a growing partnership between PI and our Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, at Cambridge. Our research endeavour is global, and by combining forces I believe we will reap rich rewards.” Hawking will visit the PI several times beginning this coming summer. The PI conducts research in the fields of cosmology, particle physics, quantum gravity and information, and superstring theory. Read more here.
For the first time ever astronomers have actual pictures of planets orbiting a star outside our solar system. The Gemini Team that includes three Canadians has released the historic image of not one, but three planets orbiting a normal star 130 million light years away. Bruce Macintosh (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories) explains, “Until now, when astronomers discover new planets around a star, all we see are wiggly lines on a graph of the star’s velocity or brightness. Now we have an actual picture showing the planets themselves, and that makes things very interesting.” Read more here.
The Hubble Telescope has also taken its first visible light picture of a planet orbiting the bright southern star Fomalhaut 25 light-years away. Read more here.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is set to take flight aboard the space shuttle on Nov 14 reaching its home on the International Space Station. This marks the 60th anniversary of the UDHR’s creation. The Declaration will live symbolically over the earth representing humanity, our universal ideals. Soon there will be six international astronauts “living and working in space in the interests of research and for the benefit of humanity as a whole”. Read more about the launch here.