This article discusses 5 documentaries like the Netflix’s A Trip to Infinity you must watch.
There is something deeply compelling about watching people try to know the unknowable and then explain the unexplainable…it’s a strange, nebulous conflict that is perhaps relatable only to scientists. But for everyone else, it still makes for entertaining stuff. A Trip to Infinity is a Netflix documentary about people explaining the unexplainable, and at times it can be truly mind-blowing. Here are 5 films with similarly mind-blowing material.
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Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know (2021)
Directed by Peter Galison, this Netflix documentary follows a group of scientists as they try to capture the first image of a black hole and yes, like A Trip to Infinity, they try to explain the unexplainable. Like a lot of these cerebral, scientific documentaries, it’s easy to feel a little burnt out by the end, but Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know is tightly edited enough that it keeps you invested until the end.
Return to Space (2022)
Return to Space is not mind-blowing in the way A Trip to Infinity or Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know is, but it’s an effectively told documentary about how Elon Musk and the team at Space-X is revolutionizing space travel for a new era.
Brimming with many of the ideas that are explored in A Trip to Infinity and Black Holes, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece Interstellar is a gorgeous, emotional, and surprisingly realistic film about intergalactic travel…at least until the end, which does lean more into the fantastical and unbelievable side of science fiction.
Alien Worlds (2020)
This four-part documentary uses many of the scientific principles discussed in A Trip to Infinity and Black Holes and applies them to the theoretical conception of alien life on alien planets. It can be a little too science fiction at times, but there’s still some really engaging ideas to bite into.
Particle Fever (2013)
Perhaps the best documentary on this list, certainly the most mind-boggling — Particle Fever is directed by Mark Levinson and tracks a team of scientists as they use a particle accelerator to recreate the conditions of the big-bang in order to reveal answers to some of the mysteries of the universe. It’s the kind of stuff that makes you feel very, very small…but in a good way.
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