• October 12, 2014 · 12:00 PM


Albert Einstein is, strangely, claimed as one of their own by both religious believers and unbelievers.  Einstein often spoke about god, but his sage-like utterances were usually quite cryptic.  His thoughts on religion and the divine were subtle and easily misunderstood. In this talk we will explore the historical evidence and try  to understand  Einstein’s beliefs.


SPEAKER: MATTHEW STANLEY Ph.D                                                                              NYU - Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Professor Matthew Stanley teaches and researches the history and philosophy of science. He holds degrees in astronomy, religion, physics, and the history of science and is interested in the connections between science and the wider culture. He is the author of Practical Mystic: Religion, Science, and A. S. Eddington , which examines how scientists reconcile their religious beliefs and professional lives. 

He is also part of a nationwide NSF-funded effort to use the humanities to improve science education in the college classroom. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, the British Academy, and the Max Planck Institute. 

LOCATION: The Press Box Restaurant - 932 Second Avenue (bet. 49th & 50th Sts.) -2nd Floor

COST: BRUNCH is $20, which includes a selection of Buffet Entrees, salad, one soft drink, coffee, tax and tip.

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  • Jane E.

    Superb speaker! This Princeton professor was a terrific communicator--knowledgeable, articulate, insightful. The religioso always claim Einstein as one of their own but Prof. Stanley showed, in Einstein's own words, that Einstein saw god as a metaphor for nature. Also, Einstein's alleged Jewishness was actually a response to his fear of becoming a man without a country due to the persecution of Jews in Europe. Einstein's attachment to Israel was actually a hope for a homeland for Jews rather than any interest in the Jewish religion, Prof. Stanley demonstrated in Einstein's own words.

    1 · October 12

  • john S.

    Einstein considered the Universe his god. He mentioned this on several occasions but was misunderstood.

    October 6

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