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Free Talk: Einstein’s Jewish Science? Looking at Physics, Politics, and Religion


Presented by Steve Gimbel, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Gettysburg College.

Between the world wars, Nazi sympathizers tried to denigrate the theory of relativity by calling it “Jewish science.” The Nazis, of course, were wrong.The notion of “religious science” usually brings to mind creationism, but our two best theories of gravitation before Einstein, those of Rene Descartes and Isaac Newton, bore indelible marks of their founders’ theology. How did science change in the time leading up to Einstein to remove theological influence from physics?

Dr. Steve Gimbel is author of "Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion" and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Edwin T. and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Gettysburg College.

FREE admission – Everyone welcome,members and non-members.  Refreshments and socializing after the talk.

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  • Terry

    Excellent! It's not every day you get to listen to a professor of philosophy and the history of science who moonlights as a stand-up comedian. Interesting insights -- and funny.

    2 · April 13, 2013

  • Gabe G.

    Brilliant presentation today -- talks get better and better!

    April 13, 2013

  • Dave

    Just noticed this. Hopefully I can re-jigger previous plans to make it.

    April 12, 2013

  • Ellen D.

    there will be a third guest.

    April 3, 2013

  • marie

    Looking forward to it!

    March 13, 2013

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