Part of the Royal Society Science Exhibition 1-6 July 2014.
High-energy physics aims to understand how Nature works at a fundamental level described by elementary particles. Our current theory, the Standard Model of particle physics, is remarkably successful: with its predictions confirmed by experiment to exceptional precision. However, a key piece, the ‘Higgs boson’, remained elusive until two years ago. Finding this new particle was just the start. Today we have gone beyond to clarify its nature, earning Peter Higgs and François Englert the Nobel Prize for Physics last year. We are also only just beginning to learn what the Higgs Boson can tell us of what new physics might be beyond the Standard Model.