A series of documentary films on popular science
DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER, EDITOR: Karol Jałochowski
PRODUCER: POLITYKA Sp. z o.o. S.K.A.
COOPERATION: Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore
ABOUT THE SERIES
A series of documentary films on popular science under the title “Pioneers” is a one of a kind undertaking. Karol Jałochowski, the person behind the idea and the creator of all the films, reached out to the most prominent living scientists of the modern world and has created a series of popular science documentaries presenting the personalities behind the greatest minds of the twenty first century, in an unconventional way. Each episode presents the most fascinating thinkers of our time (often winners of the Noble Prize and other scientific awards), pioneers, people crossing the boundaries on their scientific fields and disciplines, working on the edge of knowledge, asking the absolutely fundamental questions - those relating the the nature of reality, the essence of the mind and free will or the relation between science and faith.
Each part of the “Pioneers” series is dedicated to one scientist and consists of an extended recording of a meeting with the protagonist at a place he selected, enhanced by materials from the archives (photos, film fragments, etc.) and private materials. The film presents a profile and views of the scientists in an unconventional way, far away from the university office or lecture hall.
JULIAN BARBOUR - BOTTOM'S DREAM
Julian Barbour is an independent -- although affiliated with Oxford University -- physicist, a historian of science, author of various papers and several books. For more than thirty years, he has been removing what he believes to be unnecessary terms from the physics toolbox. One of them is time, which, according to Barbour, is an illusion. It is completely unnecessary to describe the world scientifically. In recent years, he has been working on a theory explaining where our sense of passage of time and its direction, associated with this illusion, comes from. We meet Barbour at his home in a small village near Oxford, accompanying him in his daily household chores.
Completed episodes of the series:
Daniel C. Dennett / Do Lobsters Have Free Will? (Docs for Sale, IDFA 2016)
Freeman Dyson / Space Dreamer (Docs for Sale, IDFA 2016)
Julian Barbour / Bottom’s Dream (Docs for Sale, IDFA 2016)
Roy Glauber / The Bomb that Shook the World
Gregory and Virginia Chaitin / Against Method
Charles H. Bennett / A Drinking Bird Mystery
Artur Ekert / The Last Ship to the Spice Islands