What is the state of physics today and where is it going? We could say first that all the sciences continue to draw closer together. Molecular Studies, for example, encompass physics, chemistry, and biology--each mode of seeing respecting the others, not only comparing each other's data but using them in analyses--much as thermodynamics was wont to do in days of yore. It seems likely that a phenomenological association in the sciences may replace or at least modify departmental segregation in academic institutions.
Cowan, Donald, "Physics as a Mode of Wonder" (1996). Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. 1.