It was the most elusive particle, the linchpin for everything dreamed up to how works. It had to be found. But projects as big as CERN’ Hadron Collider don’t without dealing and conniving, incredible risks and occasional skullduggery.

Award- physicist and science popularizer Sean Carroll reveals the history-making forces of insight, rivalry, and wonder that fuelled the Higgs search and how its discovery opens a door into the -boggling of dark matter and other phenomena we never predicted.