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CHASING EINSTEIN

(stranger > fiction doc strand)

Dir: Timothy Wheeler and Steve Brown, 2019, 81mins, USA

Einstein’s vision of gravity has shaped our understanding of the universe for the 100 years since Eddington confirmed his theory in 1919.

Nobody has succeeded in challenging Einstein’s theory despite its startling conclusion that the vast majority of gravity must be caused by an invisible form of ‘matter’ that has yet to be detected.  The search for this missing “Dark Matter” will either confirm Einstein or disrupt a century of physics.

Following leading scientists including Nobel Laureates on the brink of paradigm-shifting discoveries, CHASING EINSTEIN travels behind the scenes of some of the most extraordinary experiments ever created to probe the mysteries of the dark universe (LIGO, CERN, XENON 1T).

Will Einstein stand the test of time, or will a controversial new theory change the way that we see the universe?

Erik Verlinde (University of Amsterdam), Herman Verlinde (Princeton University), James Beacham (CERN), and Cree Edwards watch the 2017 total Solar Eclipse in Oregon, USA, in Chasing Einstein.

Elena Aprile—founder of the XENON 1T Dark Matter Experiment—anxiously awaits the experiment results in Chasing Einstein.Particle physicist James Beacham walks the data center corridor at the CERN ATLAS Experiment in Geneva, Switzerland, in Chasing Einstein.