In the standard model, the masses of fundamental particles arise
when electroweak symmetry is spontaneously broken by the interaction
of massless fields with the Higgs field. If this theory is correct,
then a single, massive, scalar boson called the "Higgs boson" must
exist and have specific properties. On July 4, 2012, the discovery of
a new particle resembling the Higgs boson was announced at CERN by the
ATLAS and CMS collaborations which analyze data from high-energy
proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider.
In this talk, I will summarize the case for this discovery, discuss
its implications, and present new results on the properties of this
Higgs-like particle. I will also discuss some prospects for future
measurements to elucidate its nature at the dawn of this new Higgs era
in particle physics.