Introduction to the film

Secrets of the Universe is a sweeping, 3D Giant-Screen adventure that immerses audiences in the greatest mysteries of our time – puzzles spanning from the infinitesimal to the infinite – and introduces the brilliant minds seeking to unravel them.

Those answers await at the collision points of intellect and imagination, of theory and experiment, of the tiniest particles and most powerful forces in the universe.

Secrets of the Universe takes audiences on an unprecedented journey inside the Large Hadron Collider, where particles accelerate around a 27-kilometer ring before slamming into one another.

From there, the audience travels billions of miles away – and billions of years into the past – to the site of violent collisions that sent shockwaves through the fabric of spacetime, measured for the first time by LIGO.

The journey continues to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, where ideas collide in search of answers to the universe’s grandest questions. Along the way, the audience heads into deep space with NASA’s next great telescope – The James Webb Space Telescope – and explores the deep regions of space it will unveil.

Throughout the film, intricate scientific concepts and complicated technologies are simplified through creative cinematography, photorealistic CGI and illuminating animation.

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephen Low, the film is produced in partnership with leading industry studio and distributor K2 Studios, and in association with Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Secrets of the Universe takes audiences to the farthest edges of science and inspires young people with the world’s most dramatic, real-life scientific discovery stories, all brought to life in giant-screen 3D imagery.

Topics and Themes explored in Secrets of the Universe

Topics

A Scientist’s Journey

Meet the people behind the discoveries and the passions that drive them. Take a journey with the scientists who are working to understand the secrets of our universe.

Looking Inward: Looking at the Universe Within at the LHC

  • Historical Context: The Microscope
  • The LHC, a Physicist’s Dream
  • The Collaboration

Looking Out: LIGO and Telescopes Looking at the Universe in the Cosmos

  • The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
  • Historical Context: The Telescope
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • James Webb Space Telescope

Perimeter Institute

  • Global Collaboration
  • What Does It Mean to Be a Scientist?
  • What Does Science Mean to Us (Implications)
Themes
Synergy of scientific research and technological advancement

Answers to the big questions come at the collision points of intellect, imagination, and technology.

A greater understanding of the Universe elevates our quality of life
Not (solely) for old, white males. Diversity for the sake of both the underrepresented and the greater good.
Global collaboration yields amazing results
Bridging the divide between scientists, government, corporations, and the general public

Meet the explorers

Avery Broderick 

Avery Broderick holds the Delaney Family John Archibald Wheeler Chair at Perimeter Institute, where he is an associate faculty member, jointly appointed to...

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Beatrice Bonga

A postdoctoral researcher at Perimeter Institute. She studies general relativity, gravitational physics, and cosmology, with a specific focus on gravitational wave theory,...

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Luis Lehner

A faculty member and Faculty Chair at Perimeter Institute. His studies systems capable of producing strong gravitational and electromagnetic signals, such as...

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Fabiola Gianotti

A petite woman in a hardhat. Fabiola Gianotti is the first-ever female Director-General of CERN, one of the world’s top jobs in...

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Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez

Manuel Caldaron de la Barca Sanchez served as the science advisor for Secrets of the Universe. Born in Mexico City, he is...

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