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In the Beginning Was the Particle - CERN and the Question of God's Existence
Year: 2010
Run-Time: 1 x 35 min.

Directed by Stefanie Mahler and Niki Popper

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Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

In the Beginning Was the Particle - CERN and the Question of God's Existence

Im Anfang war das Teilchen - CERN und die Frage nach Gott

It is the world's largest machine and consumes the same amount of electricity as a medium-sized town: the particle accelerator that the CERN European research centre for particle physics has built near Geneva is big in every respect. The research it is being used to conduct relates to no less a matter than the origin of the universe. Taking questions of this magnitude as its starting point, this documentary leads to a discussion between physicists and theologians regarding the role of chance, people's individual responsibility and whether, between all of these questions and answers, there is any room at all for God. Or indeed whether at this precise time modern Physics again sees a place for God in its world.   Researchers and scientists are largely agreed that there was a big bang. However, the recent research results are looking to lay to rest attempts to describe it as the beginning of everything. The question of what there was before the big bang has, until now, pushed up against the limits of the human understanding of space and time. At least theoretically, however, some researchers are attempting to look over the edge of our universe and thus back into the possible worlds before the big bang. What exactly the big bang theory can prove, and to what extent - through new findings - must it be rebutted or cast in a new light? Is it actually possible to say what existed before the big bang, or is it all as yet merely speculation?
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