The Top Quark: Past, Present, and Future
It was 10 years ago at the Tevatron that the first evidence was seen for the top quark. As nature’s heaviest known elementary particle, this object may provide a unique window into new physics processes. After reviewing early searches for the top quark, I will discuss the difficulties in observing such a heavy object and how these were overcome by the CDF and D0 experimenters. Finally I will review what we know today about top quark properties and what the prospects are for the future.