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1. Introduction 2. Founding fathers 3. Highlights of classical physics Part I. The Triumphs of Modern Physics (1901-1950): 4. New foundations 5. The quantum atom 6. The golden years 7. The thirties 8. The nuclear age Part II. New Frontiers (1951-2003): 9. Wave of inventions 10. New vistas on the cosmos 11. The small, the large - the complex 12. Big physics - small physics 13. New trends.