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This is what they call a "good question", as the expression goes. I and my collaborators had it in the mid 1990s, and about a 3rd of the audience in my colloquia ask it to themselves and me, rarely getting satisfactory answers. The short answer must be that there are no "killer apps" of it, namely problems which this formulation solves ...


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As suggested in a comment, this question may not be objectively answerable, but for what it is worth, here is a quote from the book What is Real? by Adam Becker (mentioned in another comment). Becker proposes the following narrative, which argues (as mentioned in yet another comment) that John von Neumann played an important role. Yet Einstein’s pleas for a ...


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