Originally designed to be issued to television news media at the opening of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in September 2008, Incredible Journey was sponsored by CERN in addition to the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) that had commissioned it. This made it possible to produce the resulting film in High Definition, with high-quality computer-generated images that provide an accurate and clear representation of the science behind the experiments to be carried out at CERN with the LHC.
Before setting out for the incredible journey, the film shows a few sequences about the construction of the LHC itself to illustrate the sheer size, spectacle and drama of equipment being placed a hundred meters below the Swiss-French border in order to investigate matter and the origin of the Universe. The first leg of this virtual journey is an attempt to understand the origin of mass by visualizing what might have happened a split second after the Big Bang, when the Higgs Field started to permeate the Universe. We will get acquainted with the known elementary particles and the so-called “Higgs boson”, which physicists hope to detect with the help of the LHC. The journey into the heart of matter continues with breath-taking images and sequences that highlight the big questions scientists are confident they will be able to answer, such as those about dark matter. Finally, the journey touches upon concepts and phenomena so removed from our everyday lives, they beggar belief - phenomena that CERN has been dealing with for a long time and that range from relative time to multiple dimensions.