UNIVERSE - The Cosmology Quest (2004) by Randall Meyers

Universe - The Cosmology Quest - Episode 2

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Episode 2

The second episode of ”Universe – The Cosmology Quest” delves into the little known area of ”Plasma Cosmology”, and the theory of the Plasma Universe. The film explores and illustrates what plasma is, and then shows how some researchers see it as having been an essential component, together with gravity, in the formation of the universe.

This episode is an essential compendium for anyone interested in the reasons why many astronomers claim that the theoretical basis of the Big Bang cosmology is founded on a series of ad-hoc assumptions. Assumptions which many astronomers feel closely echo the ancient system of epicycles postulated by Ptolemy, and finally overthrown by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. The two episodes are actually complementary sides of the same story, filling in many well forgotten historical facts left out of the standard text books. While exploring a wealth of new theoretical possibilities, ”Universe – The Cosmology Quest” opens the way for a better understanding of the universe in which we are all born.

This episode presents some of the last footage ever recorded with the legendary cosmologist and writer Sir Fred Hoyle. It also includes over 40 minutes of extra interviews with many of the leading astronomers and cosmologists of our time.

Featuring Interviews with:

* Sir Fred Hoyle - Cosmologist

* Dr. Anthony Peratt – Plasma Physicist

* Dr. Jayant Narlikar – Cosmologist

* Truls Hansen – Plasma Physicist

* Kristoffer Rypdal – Plasma Physicist

* Eric Lerner – Plasma Cosmologist

* Jean-Claude Pecker – Astronomer

* Andre Assis – Plasma Physicist

* Kristian Birkeland

* Hannes Alfvén

Documentary Description

Universe – The Cosmology Quest (2004)


Universe – The Cosmology Quest is a unique mixture of a human interest and science documentary film. It exhibits a sharp understanding of the struggles in astronomy and cosmology during the past decades. As the first comprehensive film dealing with major new approaches in non-big bang cosmologies, it reveals several deep-rooted theoretical and observational controversies.

This is a fact, well hidden from university students and the general public, which is recounted with candour; and potentially leads to the down-fall of the presiding Big Bang theory. The actors are themselves leading figures in the field, Nobel Laureates, as well as recipients of the most important recognitions available in physics and astronomy today. While exploring the theoretical weaknesses of the dominating Big Bang cosmology, and the restrictions they impose on astronomers researching different directions, new doors are nevertheless opened for understanding the wealth of observations and stimulating ideas which have arisen in past decades. History since Hubble and Einstein is re-examined. The role media and professional prestige has played in forming and supporting this paradigm emerges sociologically, in what many consider to be an open debate with exciting potential for new understanding in cosmology.

The film illustrates the interviewee’s arguments, by making use of high-end 3D animations and motion graphics. Accompanied by an originally composed symphonic sound track, and a full Dolby Digital 6 track sound mix. The full duration of the film is 108 minutes, presented as two chapters. Chapter 1: Observation and Sociologic Controversy - 53 minutes. Chapter 2: Problems with the Big Bang Theory, New Horizons - Plasma Cosmology - 55 minutes.

Universe – The Cosmology Quest is the story of the personal and scientific struggle of a number of leading cosmologist to present different, if not more validated, explanations of the universe in which we all live; and to do so in a language, both appealing and excitingly easy to understand. Everyone has a right to know about the universe in which we are born.

Prizes received

-Putnam Valley International Film & Video Festival: Achievement Award for Science Documentary

-Beijing International Science Film Festival, China: Runner Up

Director biography:

Born 1955 in the USA, Meyers has lived, studied, and worked in Europe since 1970. He received his music education at the London “Guild Hall School of Music And Drama”, and the Vienna “Hochschule Für Musik. Meyers has since worked as performer, composer, and film composer based in Europe. He has composed the scores to over 90 short film productions and 27 features, including the recent German release “Sofie’s World”, and other internationally acclaimed films such as “The Telegraphist”, “Herman”, “Cross My Heart and Hope to Die” and “Insomnia”. He has composed music used on the trailer for “The English Patient”, and has also contributed to the Miramax release “Prozac Nation.”

Meyers has composed music for several leading international concert soloist and orchestras, and has composed two operas with librettos of his own authorship. He has published two books, one a children’s story (together with Lars Saabye Christiansen), with designs from the original film from which the story was taken, and the other a comprehensive study of the art and craft of film music composing. Meyers has an MA in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Western Sydney, and has built one of the biggest private astronomical observatories in Italy, where he conducts research with several renowned astronomers and cosmologist.

Source: www.nfi.no


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