Einstein's theory of relativity has been the dominant narrative of astrophysics for 100 years. What do we do when it can no longer answer all our questions?
Nobody has managed to topple Einstein's theory of relativity, even though it leads to the shocking conclusion that most of the universe must be made of a mysterious form of invisible matter that nobody has ever observed. But now physics stands at a crossroads. Some of the sharpest brains in physics have dedicated their lives to search for this “dark matter” while others are working on a new theory of gravity.
Chasing Einstein follows leading scientists around the world, to the largest particle accelerator at CERN, the largest underground labs (XENON), the largest telescope arrays, and the LIGO gravitational wave detector to find out whether Einstein's theory of gravity, as it passes its 100th birthday, stands the test of time.
You don't need a PhD in rocket science to let yourself be carried away by this fascinating film documenting the hunt to answer one of the greatest open questions about our Universe.
Elena Aprile, founder of the XENON 1T Dark Matter Experiment, checks the detector deep under the Gran Sasso mountains in Chasing Einstein.
Particle physicist James Beacham walks the data center corridor at the CERN ATLAS Experiment in Geneva, Switzerland, in Chasing Einstein.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Hanford, Washington detector in Washington, USA, in Chasing Einstein.
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IGNITE CHANNEL PRESENTS “CHASING EINSTEIN”
Featuring ELENA APRILE LAURA BAUDIS BARRY BARISH JAMES BEACHAM MARGOT BROUWER CREE EDWARDS ERIK VERLINDE HERMAN VERLINDE RAINER WEISS
Consulting Producers ROBERT BREECH BARNET BAIN STEVE HARRIS
Music By JUSTIN MELLAND
Editor & Writer ERIC MYERSON
Cinematographer & Director TIMOTHY WHEELER
Producer & Director STEVE BROWN