The discovery of the Higgs boson has opened the door to a new era in particle physics. is particle is a conundrum. Unlike any previously discovered, it raises more questions than it answers. What fundamental laws operate at the smallest distance scales? Where did the ma er we are made of come from and, while we’re on that topic, what is the dark ma er? All evidence suggests the Higgs is, at the least, a co-conspirator in these mysteries.