Originally posted by sonhouse
Progress in this field is frustratingly slow.
Yes. I wonder why exactly. If it was simple to understand high temperature superconductivity then someone would have already explained it by now.
Perhaps totally new yet-to-discover physics is needed to understand high temperature superconductivity?
Or perhaps no new physics needed and the old quantum physics needs to be applied in an extraordinary complex and subtle way nobody has yet imagined?
Or perhaps what is required to understand it is so complex and subtle that no human will work it out in a million years because it requires a far greater intellect than any human intellect and the only hope is for us to create an AI with that greater intellect and work it out for us?
...If only we could somehow at least narrow down these possibilities.
Hopefully we will know within our lifetimes.