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Einstein’s Jewish Science by Steven Gimbel

Einstein's Jewish Science Steven Gimbel

Praise for Einstein’s Jewish Science by Steven Gimbel.

In his original new book, Gimbel considers the possibility that the Nazis were on to something. If you can look past the anti-Semitism, he proposes, maybe relativity is Jewish science after all. What he means is that there might have been elements of Jewish thinking that gave rise to what is now recognized as one of the deepest insights of all time.... An engaging writer... Gimbel takes readers on enlightening excursions through the nature of Judaism, Hegelian philosophy, wherever his curiosity leads.”

New York Times Book Review,
front page review by George Johnson

A fascinating engagement with the nature of Judaism and of science. By exploring and, in a sense, redeeming the Nazi accusation that Einstein's relativity theory is ‘Jewish science,’ Gimbel not only challenges the racist meanings of that charge but shows how scientific theories must in fact reflect the issues and concerns of the historical periods which give rise to them. This book is certain to generate much interest and will stimulate an important and understudied debate.”

Rabbi Michael Lerner

In this wide-ranging exploration, Gimbel... seeks to discover whether and to what extent Einstein’s work could legitimately be called ‘Jewish’ and what difference it makes.”

Publishers Weekly

“From its unnerving premise—maybe the Nazis were right and Einstein’s physics is ‘Jewish science,’ after all—to its contrarian conclusions, Einstein’s Jewish Science is a bruiser of a book.... With unflagging ‘out-of-the-box-itude,’ Gimbel reinterprets modern science and modern Judaism in a way that is sometimes exasperating, often challenging, frequently inspired and always riveting..”

Noah Efron, Graduate Program in Science, Technology
and Society, Bar Ilan University

About the Author

Steven Gimbel is the Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Gettysburg College, where he won the Luther and Bernice Johnson Award for Distinguished Teaching. He is author of Exploring the Scientific Method; René Descartes: The Search for Certainty; and Defending Einstein: Hans Reichenbach's Writings on Space, Time, and Motion.

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