This is really a quote attributed to Einstein
in reference to the randomness inherent in quantum mechanics
. Einstein believed that quantum theory
could not be true, simply because it implied there was a limit to how much a scientist could know about a particle
. Everything else, therefore, appeared random to an observer (see Uncertainty Principle
, Schrodinger's Cat
Einstein struggled through the last half of his life to eliminate this uncertainty
, but he never could (no one else could eliminate it either, and since Einstein we have only realized more things that we can't know. see neutrino
). Some say (read: Hawking
, who is very hung up on comparing himself to Einstein, btw
) that never conceding this fact was Einstein's greatest mistake.
All of this is quite ironic considering Einstein never believed in a science that he helped to found.