The documentary addresses, in two separate chapters, the latest findings on time and space. Today we know that the life span of the human species is just a blip compared to the age of the universe, at 13.7 billion years. Scholars debate whether time is a property of the universe or a human invention.
For sure, the day-night cycle is so reliable that it has come to regulate our internal chemistry. But the processes that shape a planet like ours play only the smallest of roles in the evolution of the cosmos. Hence the need for a broader look. Recent studies show that the universe is in no danger of succumbing to gravity. In fact, over the last 6 billion years gravity has been losing its grip on the universe to an unseen force called “dark energy”. CERN’s Large Hadron Collider was built to accelerate particles at nearly the speed of light and to make them collide one against the other. The goal is to define the time horizons of our universe and the final moments of its most persistent objects.
How big is the Universe? Where does it end? What lies beyond the most distant stars and galaxies? Scientists are trying to answer these questions with new, extraordinary theories and technologies. It’s exciting to see that by investigating the kingdom of the ultra-tiny, by analysing what lies inside the nuclei of atoms, we can get crucial insights into the infinitely large.