Einstein's Peculiar Kind of Realism

The Shaky Game: Einstein, Realism, and the Quantum Theory. Arthur Fine. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1986. 198 pp. $25. The Shaky Game gives an excellent, well-documented account of Einstein's concept of realism. The title comes from a statement made by Einstein. Referring to quantum theorists, he said, "Most of them simply do not see what a risky game they are playing with reality." According to Arthur Fine, the risky (or "shaky," as he calls it) game puts traditional physics in je

Barry Parker
Mar 22, 1987
The Shaky Game: Einstein, Realism, and the Quantum Theory. Arthur Fine. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1986. 198 pp. $25.


The Shaky Game gives an excellent, well-documented account of Einstein's concept of realism. The title comes from a statement made by Einstein. Referring to quantum theorists, he said, "Most of them simply do not see what a risky game they are playing with reality." According to Arthur Fine, the risky (or "shaky," as he calls it) game puts traditional physics in jeopardy. But with the proper philosophical attitude he believes that the problems can be overcome.

The appeal of Fine's book comes both from his smooth and interesting writing style and his openminded approach to the subject. The first half is primarily historical; the development of Einstein's objections to quantum theory are traced from their origins to his publication with Podoisky and Rosen of the now-famous EPR paradox....

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