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.

Travel with scientist Manuel Calderon de la Barca Sanchez as he journeys to the largest machine ever built, the greatest scientific instrument ever created, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

There, he joins a global team working to uncover another amazing breakthrough in this new world of technology-driven physics. We get an inside look at the machine and come to understand just what it means to do science, teaming up for the flag of humanity to solve the universe’s greatest mysteries.

We don’t stop with the Large Hadron Collider, though. The machines we’ve built are as diverse as the secrets we’re looking for, and the people looking for them. We travel to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory (LIGO), the amazing project that recently confirmed Einstein’s century old prediction of the existence of gravitational waves.

Humanity is at the edge of unprecedented scientific discovery, and we can all be a part of it!

Stephen Low

Director Stephen Low is one of the most experienced filmmakers in the large format medium and brings to his work a unique storytelling vision that continues to win audiences and awards around the world.

Topics and Themes explored in Secrets of the Universe


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

Perimeter Institute

  • Global Collaboration
  • What Does It Mean to Be a Scientist?
  • What Does Science Mean to Us (Implications)
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

Jared Jay

I grew up in Springville, Utah, the 11th of 13 children. My family was very religious and very happy, despite living well...

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Graham Waegel

I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. I was home-schooled and did a lot of reading and watching science shows...

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Ota Kukral

I grew up in a Mlada Boleslav, a middle-sized city in the Czech Republic that is famous for the Skoda car factory....

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Fabiola Gianotti

Fabiola Gianotti is the Director-General of CERN, one of the world’s top jobs in science. She attributes her success to childhood curiosity...

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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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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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Marie Curie

I was born in Warsaw, Poland, to two teachers. My father had a cabinet of scientific instruments at the house, and I...

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Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

I was a Dutch shopkeeper and maker of lenses who was the first to see living cells up close and personal. A...

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Galileo Galilei

I was an Italian astronomer, mathematician, physicist, philosopher and professor who was passionate about the study of natural phenomena.  For me, mathematics...

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Louis Pasteur

I was born in Dole, France, and am known for my work in the fields of biology, microbiology and chemistry.  I was...

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Rosalind Franklin

I was born in London to a prominent Jewish family. I was always good at science and attended one of the only...

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Charles Darwin

I was an English naturalist born the fifth of six children. My parents were wealthy, well-connected and open minded. I went to...

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