We've rediscovered science
You might argue that the most exciting scientific discovery since Albert Einstein's theory of relativity in 1905 occurred last week when the existence of the Higgs boson was almost certainly confirmed.
Of course, arguing about scientific discoveries is half the point, including whether the Higgs boson has actually been found.
What is certain is that science hasn't had this many front-page headlines for years.
Sadly, science has been usurped by tech news of late. But not last week.
Call me old-fashioned, but I am more impressed with the work of scientists from around the world, which culminated in this announcement, than I am with new social networks or new cellphone upgrades.
This is pure discovery, pure invention - the best of humanity's mental exploration at work.
It is infinitely more important than a new way to "check-in" or share something digitally with your friends.
The 19th and 20th centuries were heady times for scientific discovery. Scientists were the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates of their day, before the microprocessor and the computer led to the internet, cellphones and wireless broadband.
Not many young computer users know the debt they owe Alan Turing for his ground-breaking research into computing, which was used to decipher German codes during the Second World War.
His famous test for working out whether you were talking to a machine or a person, by means of text messages, is still the basis for determining artificial intelligence, though, with SMS-speak today, you'd be hard-pressed to call much text messaging intelligent.
Einstein was arguably the brightest mind in a century of great minds and perhaps the first rock star scientist - even if he was forever plagued by the thought that his research led to the creation of the atomic bomb.
Einstein's theory gave the world his famous E=MC² equation and captured the popular imagination in a way no one else has since.
Stephen Hawking took Einstein's work and expanded on it with verve. George Smoot confirmed that the Big Bang occurred.
And last week scientists almost completed the 50-year hunt for the "God particle", as the Higgs boson has been called, which would support the Standard Model of the origin of the universe.
The hype around the Higgs boson is extraordinary, but part of the wonder and excitement is the good old-fashioned joy of understanding the extraordinary world we live in.
Such science is remarkable. It tells us how our universe works.
At school, it's poorly explained by unenthusiastic teachers to uninterested students and so has got a bad reputation.
But when you understand the magnitude of the breakthroughs, the extraordinary minds that worked it out, and the painstaking research to prove such theories, it is a wonder to behold.
The story of the Higgs boson, first postulated by Peter Higgs in 1964, is beautiful. This Higgs is part of a wondrous series of particles that make up the smallest foundations of the universe, giving matter its mass and holding the universe together.
For a moment last week, it was like living in the heady atomic age and the rampant discoveries it produced about our universe.
This search for the long sought-after particle used the beautifully named Large Hadron Collider, one of the greatest (and most expensive) scientific machines ever built.
The collider smashes sub-atomic particles together - producing energies otherwise only generated in massive star explosions - and the scientists hope to find traces of the elusive boson in the debris.
We know Tesla, Edison and Ford profoundly changed the world we live in. As did King Camp Gillette with his double-edge safety razor, Mary Anderson's windshield wipers, and William Kellogg's cornflakes.
The British Empire might never have existed without Thomas Sullivan's teabags.
Higgs's name will go up in lights along with Einstein, Hawking, Max Planck (father of modern physics), Marie Curie (X-rays), Niels Bohr (awarded the Nobel physics prize for discovering the structure of atoms), and Francis Crick and James Watson (discovered DNA).
He deserves it. We deserve it.