The Future of Particle Physics as a Natural Science
Abstract
In the first part of the paper, I give a lowresolution overview of the current state of particle physics — the triumph of the Standard Model and its discontents. I review and reendorse the remarkably direct and (to me) compelling argument that existing data, properly interpreted, point toward a unified theory of fundamental particle interactions and toward lowenergy supersymmetry as the nearterm future of high energy physics as a natural science. I then attempt, as requested, some more "visionary" — i.e. even lower resolution — comments about the farther future. In that spirit, I emphasize the continuing importance of condensed matter physics as a source of inspiration and potential application, in particular for expansion of symmetry concepts, and of cosmology as a source of problems, applications, and perhaps ultimately limitations.
 Publication:

International Journal of Modern Physics A
 Pub Date:
 1998
 DOI:
 10.1142/S0217751X9800038X
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepph/9702371
 Bibcode:
 1998IJMPA..13..863W
 Keywords:

 High Energy Physics  Phenomenology;
 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
 Corrected Reference 1. LaTeX, 25 Pages, 6 figures