http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/04/science/04phys.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print Physics Awaits New Options as Standard Model Idles (a July 4 science essay by Dennis Overbye) Here is how Dennis Overbye, a top science writer covering theoretical physics at the NY Times, introduces the topic of the short essay: "...Forget the lifetime tenure, the travel, the six-figure book contracts — what professional physicists live for is the tsunami moment when they know something that nobody else has ever known, the revelatory flash of a new glimpse into the workings of what Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge University cosmologist, called 'the Mind of God.' Alas, God, as reflected in the known laws of physics, hasn't gotten any smarter since the 1970's. It was then that particle physicists put the finishing touches on the Standard Model, a collection of theories describing all the physical forces except gravity. They have been stuck in that model, like birds in a gilded cage, ever since..." He quotes David Gross. Lee Smolin, Nima Arkani-Hamed. He gets across the idea how hungry theorists are for something really new to show up at LHC. No big deal, I guess, but I liked it.