THE WORLD OF THINKING

By Misha WESSEL, Thomas BLOM

BERTA FILM - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2019

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, is a scientific sanctuary focused on deep thought and the exploration of the boundaries of human knowledge. Since its foundation in 1930, the IAS has brought forth 33 Nobel Prize winners and 42 fields medalists.

Festivals
& Awards

Seoul International Film Festival 2019
official selection
International Festival of Science Documentary Films 2020
official selection
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • NETHERLANDS
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 57 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Misha WESSEL, Thomas BLOM
    • Producer(s)
    • - - (BNNVARA)
    • Synopsis
    • The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey, is a scientific sanctuary focused on deep thought and the exploration of the boundaries of human knowledge. It is the academic home of Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer and John von Neumann. Since its foundation in 1930, the IAS has brought forth 33 Nobel Prize winners and 42 fields medalists. One does not apply to IAS, one gets invited. There are no degree programs or experimental facilities at the Institute. The faculty has no classes to teach. Nobody, who’s in the IAS, is required to do anything that they don’t want to do themselves.

      The World of Thinking follows four faculty members and post doctorates in the IAS as they fatigue to resolve problems that could change the way we understand the world today. Time and concentration are fundamental commodities in deep thinking and we discover that to play with consciousness is often a crucial factor when pushing the boundaries of human knowledge. Nima Arkani-Hamed, Breakthrough Prize winner, sees jewel-like geometric objects in his mind and assumes that those could be used in understanding better particle collisions. In order to get his geometrical shapes in the right order, Arkani-Hamed pushes himself into 72 hours of sleeplessness.
      Vladimir Voevosky, mathematician and a fields medalist, is a veteran of European rave parties and hears voices in his head. Fortunately, Voevosky’s multiple minds are friendly ones, and he lives in harmony with them.

      This is the first time that the Institute has given such unlimited access to a film crew. The World of Thinking is a human interest and science documentary that, in the era of fake news along with haste and appearances, comes out as something totally different. What? Get on board and make up your own mind.