The BelieversHD Closed Captioning
Clayton Brown & Monica Long Ross
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About the Movie
March 1989: two respected chemists from the University of Utah stand in front of a wall of reporters. Flashbulbs pop as they announce they have solved the world's energy problems using seawater, batteries and a mysterious glass contraption. 'Cold Fusion' is born. Within days, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann are on the cover of Time Magazine. But three short months later, their careers in tatters and their reputations ruined, they flee the US as Cold Fusion becomes synonymous with 'bad science. ' Twenty-two years later, despite continued disdain from mainstream science, a group of scientists, entrepreneurs and one high school student are confident that Cold Fusion will save the world, and that we're closer than ever to the Holy Grail of civilization. They're The Believers.
Philosophy of science
For anyone interested in the intersection of science and society, 137 Films has mastered the art of telling stories about scientists themselves. The Believers in particular is a fascinating look at two scientists who had their lives destroyed after making radical scientific claims. The film does not answer questions for the audience but instead raises them. Were the men driven by ego or true curiosity? Were they the pawns of powerful special interests? Conspiracy, tragedy, discovery and much much more. An incredible film!
A timeless and fascinating doc for everyone
This is the second film I’ve seen from these guys, and it even surpasses their first. They tell stories born from science not just an accessible and compelling way, but one that gets to the real, human heart of things--ambition, discovery, disappointment, and ultimately truth and hope. Wonderful.
Disappointed. It took them two hours to say not much has changed in 20 years. Cold Fusion is still inconclusive. Efforts continue. I suppose for someone that knows nothing of the history, this could be informative.