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Einstein's Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion

Einstein's Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion

by Steven Gimbel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421405544
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 05/21/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 819,714
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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: Cases and Questions; René Descartes: The Search for Certainty; and Defending Einstein: Hans Reichenbachs's Early Writings on Space, Time, and Motion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Einstein's Jewish Science 1

Chapter 1 Is Einstein a Jew? 13

Chapter 2 Is Relativity Pregnant with Jewish Concepts? 40

Chapter 3 Why Did a Jew Formulate the Theory of Relativity? 68

Chapter 4 Is the Theory of Relativity Political Science or Scientific Politics? 112

Chapter 5 Did Relativity Influence the Jewish Intelligentsia? 157

Chapter 6 Einstein's Liberal Science? 192

Conclusion: Einstein's Cosmopolitan Science 209

Acknowledgments 219

Notes 221

Bibliography 233

Index 241

What People are Saying About This

Noah Efron

"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. It asks questions and floats hypotheses that strain academic etiquette. 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. You may not be persuaded, but after grappling with this book, you are sure to see in a new light both science and Jews of the twentieth century."

Rabbi Michael Lerner

"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."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much not related to prime subject about Einstein. Stays off the prime subject.