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The Best Documentaries About Quantum Physics

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The best quantum physics documentaries show us a bit more about modern physics. There are a number of documentaries out there that detail the different aspects of the science world, including quantum physics, explanation of quantum theories and the time space continuum. What are the best documentaries about quantum physics? Also known as quantum mechanics and quantum theory, quantum physics discusses a mathematical approach to the combination of quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity. The earliest versions of quantum physics began in the 20th century around the same time that the atomic theory and Einstein’s theory of light also took the forefront of the science world.

This list discusses the best documentary films discussing quantum physics, including: Skeptics in the Pub, The Fabric of the Cosmos, Brave New World, Parallel Universes, A Beautiful New Theory of Everything, Quantum Simulations, and The Elegant Universe. Vote up those you recommend, and please add any that we missed. What is your favorite quantum physics movie? Vote for the top movies and let us know!

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    Released2011

    Directed byRushmore DeNooyer

    The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality is the second book on theoretical physics, cosmology, and string theory written by Brian Greene, professor and co-director of...  more
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    Marion Kerr, Klee Irwin
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    Released2009

    Directed byDavid Jakubovic

    What is Reality? is a 2017 short documentary film directed by David Jakubovic. What if the very fabric of space and time isn't made of one-dimensional strings or energy as we think of it, but instead...  more
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    Richard Feynman
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    Released1983

    Directed byChristopher Sykes

    Fun to Imagine is a 1983 American miniseries created by Christopher Sykes. Richard Feynman, theoretical physicist, enjoys thinking aloud about the adventures science can offer....  more
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    Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough
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    Released2012

    Directed byKeero Singh Birla, Andy Robbins

    Brave New World with Stephen Hawking is a 2011 science documentary television mini-series directed by Andy Robbins and Keero Singh Birla. Presented by Professor Stephen Hawking who examines how...  more
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    Marcus du Sautoy, Jon Butterworth
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    Released2011

    Directed byGraeme McAulay

    Faster Than the Speed of Light? is a 2011 documentary film directed by Graeme McAulay. The mathematician Marcus du Sautoy discusses the recent discovery, the faster-than-light neutrino anomaly, that...  more
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    Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalili
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    Released2011

    Directed byStephen Neal

    A Night with the Stars is a 2011 documentary film directed by Stephen Neal. Professor Cox takes a diamond and with the help of an audience of stars explains quantum theory....  more
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    David Kaplan, Fabiola Gianotti
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    Released2013

    Directed byMark Levinson

    Particle Fever is a 2013 documentary film tracking the first round of experiments at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. The film follows the experimental physicists at CERN who run...  more
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    Released2010

    Directed byNic Stacey

    The Secret Life of Chaos is a 2010 documentary film directed by Nic Stacey. Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But...  more
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    Lise Meitner, Albert Einstein
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    Released2016

    Directed byWolf von Truchsess

    Lise Meitner: The Mother of the Atom Bomb is a 2016 documentary film directed by Wolf von Truchsess. Lise Meitner was a brilliant Austrian physicist of Jewish decent, and a pacifist. But her work on...  more
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    Stephen Hawking, Benedict Cumberbatch
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    Released2010

    Directed byIain Riddick, Martin Williams, Nathan Williams

    Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking is a 2010 science documentary television mini-series written by British physicist Stephen Hawking. The series was created for Discovery Channel by Darlow...  more
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller
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    Released2014

    Directed byAnn Druyan, Stephen Soter

    Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a 2014 American science documentary television series. The show is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl...  more

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    Released2020

    Directed byKatheryne Thomas

    The End of Quantum Reality is a 2020 documentary film directed by Katheryne Thomas. Legendary reclusive genius Wolfgang Smith demonstrates on shockingly obvious grounds the dead end at which physics...  more
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    Black Holes: Messages from the Edge of the Universe is a 2017 documentary film directed by Martina Treusch. It is the birth of neutrino astronomy. For the first time, astrophysicists can detect...  more
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    Ron Dalrymple, Jean de Galzain
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    Released2020

    Directed byRon Dalrymple

    The Endless Question is a 2020 documentary film directed by Ron Dalrymple. What is your escape frequency? The Endless Question is a Mind Shock documentary film that explodes beyond the blue pill...  more
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    Michael Duff, Michael B. Green
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    Released2003

    Directed byJulia Cort, David Hickman, Joseph McMaster

    The Elegant Universe is a 2003 documentary by Brian Greene. It explores science’s most elaborate and ambitious theory, the string theory. It won a Peabody award in 2003. Eleven dimensions, parallel...  more
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    Released2017

    Directed byAndrew Smith

    Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives is a 2017 documentary film directed by Andrew Smith. Physics professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates the amazing science of gravity. A fundamental force...  more
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    Brian Cox, Steven Mackintosh
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    Released2011

    Directed byChris Holt, Stephen Cooter, Michael Lachmann

    Wonders of the Universe is a 2011 television series produced by the BBC, Discovery Channel, and Science Channel, hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox. Wonders of the Universe was first broadcast...  more
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    Paul Davies, James Gates
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    Released2015

    Directed byKent Forbes

    The Simulation Hypothesis is a 2015 documentary film directed by Kent Forbes. Are we living in a virtual reality? THE SIMULATION HYPOTHESIS examines the latest scientific ideas about the fundamental...  more
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    Released2006

    Directed byRosemarie Reed

    The Path to Nuclear Fission: The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn is a 2006 documentary film directed by Rosemarie Reed. A brilliant Jewish woman, Lise Meitner. In 1907, Meitner came to Berlin as...  more
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    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Kleijwegt

    The Race: How To Build A Quantum Computer is a 2019 American documentary film directed by David Kleijwegt. A computing revolution is coming. And Leo Kouwenhoven might be the man to kick-start it....  more
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    Released2015

    Directed byQuentin Lazzarotto

    The Singular Tale of Einstein & General Relativity is a 2015 documentary film directed by Quentin Lazzarotto. Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity has revolutionised our understanding of...  more
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    Jim Al-Khalili, Carlos Frenk
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    Released2011

    Directed byNic Stacey

    Everything & Nothing is a 2011 documentary film directed by Nic Stacey. Deals with two of the deepest questions there are - what is everything, and what is nothing? In two episodes, Professor Jim...  more
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    Released2014

    Directed byTim Usborne, Kenny Scott

    The Secrets of Quantum Physics is a 2014 two-part British miniseries outlining the theories of quantum mechanics and quantum biology, described as "a brilliant guide" to a "jaw-dropping world."...  more
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson, Trang Vo
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    Released2020

    Directed byAnn Druyan, Stephen Soter

    Cosmos: Possible Worlds (National Geographic, 2020) is an American science documentary television series and follow-up to the 2014 television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Neil deGrasse Tyson...  more
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    Nick Bostrom, Joshua Cooke
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    Released2021

    Directed byRodney Ascher

    A Glitch in the Matrix is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Rodney Ascher. Are we in fact living in a simulation? This is the question postulated, wrestled with, and ultimately argued for...  more