Could I argue that the quantum mechanical relation "discovered" by Heisenberg \begin{equation} qp-pq= \mathrm{i}\hbar I \tag{01}\label{01} \end{equation} is the greatest scientific discovery of the 20th century and may be of all centuries till now?


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You could argue it, but who would agree with you? Maybe limit yourself to "greatest discovery in physics" or something. After all, penicillin and plate tectonics are also 20th century.

Here: top ten discoveries of the 20th century or here: 25 biggest scientific discoveries in history it is not even on the list.

It is number 8 at top ten most beautiful equations in physics

  • $\begingroup$ ...and think that "8. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle" in your 3rd link is not even equation \eqref{01} but a consequence of it. $\endgroup$ – Frobenius Oct 20 '18 at 17:59

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