What is the ‘string theory’ of your field?
Following the success of Chad’s last two memes I’ve decided to pose my own question. From the outside, it looks like string theory is a legitimate research area that is controversial amongst non-string-theorists. It appears to be misunderstood or unappreciated. Some physicists (yeah, I hate the way I phrased that . . . I’m sorry) do not think there is anything worth learning from string theory. Just to clarify, intelligent design is not the string theory of evolutionary biology — no one takes it seriously. Maybe something like evolutionary psychology would be more appropriate. I guess I’ve kinda given the physicists their answer, but feel free to nominate something else. So, what’s the string theory of your area of research?