I'm talking about this poll:
I don't now much about quantum mechanics but this reminded me of the state of math in the century or so before the creation of calculus. In Kline's calculus text, at the beginning, he lists the 4 main problems people were working on around that time:
- problems of motion
- constructing tangents to curves
- max/min problems
- lengths of curves, surface areas, etc
I suppose one could add areas under curves to that list. Then of course Newton came along & showed that calculus was what tied those things together (oversimplifying of course). Is quantum mechanics in a similar situation right now, which would be why there are so many interpretations, or am I thinking too superficially about this? Or has someone already thought of this, and that is the goal of subjects like M-theory or string theory, and I just don't really know much about this stuff?