I was listening to a documentary on YouTube about the Higgs boson and heard some information that blew my mind, and I'd like to ask a few more questions to gain a deeper understanding of it, or to correct any misconceptions I was fed.
My current understanding is:
The laws of physics being symmetric, you would expect equal amounts of matter and antimatter to be produced. This is clearly against observations. So some symmetry breaking is needed somewhere.
W bosons and their antiparticle have recently been found to have different decay products. Implying a break in symmetry.
The presence of the Higgs field in the early Universe would have permitted this.
Now, please understand that I know next to nothing about this topic. If any of that is incorrect, please let me know.
My two questions are:
1) Was the different decay products of the W boson and its antiparticle predicted before its discovery? (If so, is there a link to that paper handy?)
2) How, in newb terms, does the Higgs field allow for symmetry breaking?
I do appreciate any responses.