The Scientific Goals of the Large Hadron Collider
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), now operating at CERN, is one of the most ambitious scientific projects ever achieved. In this seminar, after a short introduction on the structure of the experimental facility, I will present the physics goals of the project, addressing the main questions for which experiments at the LHC are expected to provide answers. The main motivation of the LHC is the exploration of the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking. The search for the Higgs boson is the most immediate goal, but the phenomenon of electroweak breaking may hide revolutionary insights on the concepts of space, time, symmetry, and forces.