Lecture 1 : The Brout-Englert-Higgs Theory of Electroweak Symmetry Breaking
The goal of this lecture is to put the discovery of the Higgs boson in historical context and qualitatively discuss the importance and meaning of its discovery. Claims that the BEH theory has its roots in the theory developments of superconductivity will be considered. Viability of the theory from several points of view will be assessed. First, has the theory been established yet as correct? Second, is the theory stable to vacuum fluctuations? And finally, is the theory natural?