The idea of humorless scientists who wear white coats and carry clipboards is a media stereotype that isn’t always accurate. Take a look at these documentaries to see a variety of modern scientists who don’t conform to this typical stereotype as they follow their quests to understand our world.
“Particle Fever” (2013)
Follow six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists join forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson.
“Encounters at the End of the World” (2007)
An up-close and personal look at one of Antarctica’s lesser-known inhabitants: the human. Join Werner Herzog as he examines human nature and Mother Nature, juxtaposing breathtaking locations with the profound, surreal and sometimes absurd experiences of the scientists who choose to form a society as far away from society as one can get.
“Naturally Obsessed” (2009)
Mixing humor and heartbreak, this film delves into the lab of charismatic professor Dr. Lawrence Shapiro, and follows three irrepressible graduate students on their determined pursuit of a PhD and scientific success. This involves years of trial and error, unflinching dedication, rock-climbing, rumors of pickle juice and the music of The Flaming Lips.