Since 2010, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been colliding protons together at almost the speed of light, recreating conditions that last existed one billionth of a second after the Big Bang, when our universe came into existence. The goal is as old as civilisation - to understand the essence of matter as expressed by the most ephemeral particle in nature - the Higgs boson.
One million-million collisions later, two groups of 3,000 physicists were there to pick up and examine the pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle. Heading the search for the Higgs boson in one of these groups - the ATLAS experiment- was Professor Eilam Gross.
Over the course of twenty five years, Professor Gross has devoted his scientific career to the search for the Higgs, notoriously described as "The God Particle". In this general level talk, he will describe exactly what the Higgs boson is, why it is so important, and how scientists finally tracked it down after a 50 year search.