I have a (very) vague remembrance of a quote about the history of particle physics, particularly (I think?) the development of the standard model. As I recall, it was about how it was a very exciting time, and the continual discoveries were like "strange wonders carried back from the edge of understanding" or something to that effect. I know this is very vague, but I would appreciate any help sourcing this quote. I may have seen it in a seminar talk or conference, but my own googling has turned up nothing.

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like a Sidney Coleman quote, or a S Weinberg rendition of one. Have you looked at the 2005 Fest? $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2022 at 19:40
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    $\begingroup$ Right! It is indeed Coleman. From Aspects of Symmetry: "These lectures span fourteen years, from 1966 to 1979. This was a great time to be a high-energy theorist, the period of the famous triumph of quantum field theory. And what a triumph it was, in the old sense of the word: a glorious victory parade, full of wonderful things brought back from far places to make the spectator gasp with awe and laugh with joy." Thanks so much! $\endgroup$
    – Evan Rule
    Jun 29, 2022 at 19:52
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, I knew about this imagery, but your exact quote is a joining of two famous halves in science fiction, of which SC was a fan, and I gathered it may have appeared elsewhere in exact form. It is still ringing a bell... $\endgroup$ Jun 29, 2022 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ @EvanRule you can submit and answer to your own question. $\endgroup$
    – Mauricio
    Jul 4, 2022 at 11:29


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