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

In an Ri event chaired by science journalist, Alok Jha, award-winning physicist and popular science writer Sean Carroll reveals the history-making forces of insight, rivalry, and wonder that fueled the Higgs search. Find out how its discovery opens a door into the mind-boggling domain of dark matter and other phenomena we never predicted.

Plus, we caught up with Sean before the event to ask him more about the HIggs discovery and what's next for the LHC.   

Filmed at the Royal Institution on 15 January 2013.

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