Particle physicists study the elementary particles in Nature and how they interact with one another. While our scientific understanding of Nature at this sub-atomic level has been on solid footing for many decades, one fundamental question remained unanswered: how do elementary particles get their mass? Almost 50 years ago, a theoretical solution to this question was proposed, which predicted the existence of a new fundamental particle - now called the Higgs boson.
The quest for direct experimental observation of this particle has been arguably the hottest topic in particle physics in the last 20 years.
In this talk I will cover the rationale for the existence of the Higgs particle and the exciting journey by the experimental teams with thousands of physicists that has led to the discovery of a new particle in 2012, using the most powerful particle collider in the world.