Cornell University Library has published the results of a survey that show that, “The foundations of quantum mechanics themselves remain hotly debated in the scientific community, and no consensus on essential questions has been reached.”
33 philosophers, scientists and mathematicians participated in the survey conducted by Maximilian Schlosshauer, Johannes Kofler and Anton Zeilinger.
MIT also reports on the survey about the foundations of quantum mechanics in an article entitle, “Poll reveals Quantum Physicists’ Disagreement about the nature of reality.”
“Quantum mechanics lies at the heart of many modern technologies–lasers, superconductors, many forms of computing, cryptography and so on. That’s partly because the theory is so good and well tested to mind boggling accuracy.”
Here’s one of the questions asked, from the MIT report:
“For example, in answer to the question “Do you believe that physical objects have their properties well defined prior to and independent of measurement?”, 48 per cent replied “no”, while 52 per cent replied “yes, in some cases”. A further 3 per cent said “yes in all cases” and 9 per cent were undecided (respondents were able to select more than one answer).”
The MIT Technology review author concludes:
“Clearly, getting quantum physicists to agree on their topic is like herding cats. “Nearly 90 years after the theory’s development, there is still no consensus in the scientific community regarding the interpretation of the theory’s foundational building blocks,” say Zeilinger and co.“