Scientist as movie director.
How can you see thousands of events like you see a single one?
A guiding metaphor will help us to approach the solution of this problem:
the metaphor of the experimental
scientist as a movie director that collects sequences of frames without a
script having at the end the formidable task of ordering in a coherent way
the collected material. The tools developed should make his task easier.
Following the metaphor I use only visual methods to process and order the
experimental data. The ordering of the material in a coherent way means in
the case of the movie and also for the experimental data, that a huge
amount of data can be analyzed in short time. In fact a simple computation
shows that the information contained in a two hours movie is comparable to
the information collected by a large hep experiment in one year.
And as anyone knows a movie can be "analyzed" in two hours.