Quantum mechanics was a revolution. Not just a new kind of science, but a new way of thinking about the Universe and how it was made. As classical physics faced heavy fire from its findings, scientists scrabbled for ways to constrain the uncertain and improbable, to conform the concepts they were forced to compute by means of certainties and probabilities they could conceivably work with.
As Dr Ben Still put it on the evening of Thursday 18th October, "Supersymmetry is dying a death."
These days, the hottest totty cruising the scientific streets is Dark Matter, cloaked by the equally mysterious Dark Energy. When the Higgs Boson hit the catwalk (recently earning its namesake the Nobel Prize), a new buzz of excitement and speculation murmured around the Halls of Academia.
New Physics, they claim, is born.
Are we really seeing the emergence of New Physics? Or are we seeing a new seasonal collection of equations ready to strut their stuff into the halls of fame? Whichever way you look at it, progress is unstoppable, and we really are going where no-one has gone before. "Hold tight, Robin, there's a damsel in distress. Her name is SUSY, and if we don't get to her soon....."