UA's Philosophy Today Lecturer to Discuss Einstein's Contributions and Jewish Perspectives
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 07:30 PM
Location: 205 Smith Hall
Dr. Steven Gimbel, the chair of the philosophy department at Gettsyburg College will discuss his new book, "Einstein's Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion" at a lecture of the same title as part of the 2012-2013 Philosophy Today Lecture Series. The lecture will be held on January 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 of Smith Hall on The University of Alabama campus.
In Gimbel's book, he discusses how the Nazis tried to denigrate Einstein's theory of relativity by labeling it "Jewish physics." Now, with Einstein's theories as the cornerstone of much of modern science, Gimbel explores the Nazi assertion in a new light.
As George Johnson said in his New York Times book review, "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."
Gimbel is the Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He earned bachelor's degrees in physics and philosophy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. Gimbel's work focuses largely on the foundations and ramifications of relativity and on methodology and evidence in science. In addition to his work on the environmental ethic of the American Nazi party, he has published on the notion of sportsmanship in the Kasparov/Deep Blue chess match, the foundations of mind in the writings of Maria Montessori, and the notion of moral doubt in the television show "The Colbert Report."
Lectures in the Philosophy Today series are geared toward a general audience and are of interest to those in any profession or academic discipline. Sponsored by UA's College of Arts and Sciences philosophy department, a grant from Louis W. Perry and other alumni, and friends of the department, the presentations are free and open to the public.
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