On May 15, 2009, Sony Pictures released "Angels & Demons," bringing the world's largest particle physics laboratory to the silver screen. Fans of science can watch a teleconference about the science of the film live at the National Science Foundation's Science360 Web site tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19, at 1 p.m. US EDT, or 7 p.m. Central European Standard Time.
Based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel, the film, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, focuses on a plot to destroy the Vatican using a small amount of antimatter. That antimatter is made using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and is stolen from the European particle physics laboratory CERN. Parts of the movie were filmed at CERN.
Embracing this opportunity to discuss the real science of antimatter, the LHC and particle physics research, on May 19, 2009, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will host a live media briefing spotlighting three world-renowned physicists.
Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director-general of CERN; Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate and past director of Fermilab; and Boris Kayser, Fermilab distinguished scientist, will all speak about the science behind the book and film, and answer questions from journalists.
This NSF live teleconference briefing is part of a larger effort in which, worldwide, scientists working on experiments at the LHC will host lectures and other "Angels & Demons"-related events for members of the press and the public. More than 45 lectures are taking place across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico as part of the series "Angels and Demons: The Science Revealed". Events are also planned in particle physics institutions across Europe, Asia, Central America, and South America. For more information on the LHC, visit CERN's Web site.
View NSF's full media advisory at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=114765
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