Professor Steven Gimbel, Ph.D.

Professor Steven Gimbel
  • Gettysburg College
  • Johns Hopkins University
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Scientists give us new accounts of how the universe works, and philosophers unpack those theories to see what they tell us about what is real.

Professor Steven Gimbel holds the Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Chair of the Philosophy Department. He received his bachelor's degree in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and his doctoral degree in Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his dissertation on interpretations and the philosophical ramifications of relativity theory. At Gettysburg, he has been honored with the Luther W. and Bernice L. Thompson Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Gimbel’s research focuses on the philosophy of science, particularly the nature of scientific reasoning and the ways that science and culture interact. He has published many scholarly articles and four books, including Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion; and Einstein: His Space and Times. His books have been highly praised in periodicals such as The New York Review of Books, Physics Today, and The New York Times, which applauded his skill as “an engaging writer…[taking] readers on enlightening excursions…wherever his curiosity leads.”

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  1. An Introduction to Formal Logic Sale

    An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Steven Gimbel
    4.7 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    From advertisers trying to separate you from your money, to politicians trying to get your vote, to friends who want you to agree with them, many people use flawed and misleading arguments to sway your behavior. Formal logic is intellectual self-defense and the key to clear thinking, good planning, and sound reasoning. Learn the principles in 24 lucid lectures taught by a professor who practices what he teaches.
  2. The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics

    The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics

    Steven Gimbel
    4.6 out of 5
    95% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Dr. Steven Gimbel of Gettysburg College shows how physics and philosophy work together to reveal the true nature of the universe. Physics makes the discoveries and philosophy interprets the results. Those results have been very odd since the turn of the 20th century—with relativity, quantum theory, and Big Bang cosmology overthrowing our conventional picture of reality.
  3. Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor Sale

    Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor

    Steven Gimbel
    3.6 out of 5
    58% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (43)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $29.95 $269.95 $29.95$269.95
    In the 24 insightful and—yes—humorous lectures of Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor, Professor Steven Gimbel guides you through philosophical theories of humor, from blatantly obvious puns to sly twists of language. Rooted in the observations of thinkers like Aristotle and Sigmund Freud, this course will leave you with a stronger appreciation of the jokes you tell and the jokes you hear.
  4. Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    Steven Gimbel
    4.7 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (75)
    Starting at $334.95 Starting at $334.95 $384.95 $334.95$384.95
    No subject is bigger than reality itself and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality has been undergoing continual revision for centuries. The quest to pin down what’s real is both philosophical and scientific. Redefining Reality , presented by award-winning Professor of Philosophy Steven Gimbel, shows that separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual...
  5. (Set) The Theory of Everything & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) The Theory of Everything & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Defining reality is a task that needs frequent updates and this two-course set gives you cutting edge views of a complex subject. Join scientists trying to solve nature’s ultimate mystery in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Then, learn how separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual adventure with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern...
  6. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Hidden Factor Set

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Hidden Factor

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Think about the way you think with this illuminating two-course set. Start with a course that investigates that element which helps you win an argument, run a meeting, draft a contract, or raise a child—get An Introduction to Formal Logic. Then, learn the strategies that make you a more creative thinker with The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset.
  7. (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Understanding the Quantum World Set

    (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Understanding the Quantum World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    How do scientists make sense of reality? What about philosophers? Think about physics and quantum mechanics like an expert by taking these two course back to back. Start by exploring the concepts, theories, and speculations that underlie our understanding of reality in The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics. Continue with Understanding the Quantum World, in which an award-winning professor explains the...
  8. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Art of Critical Decision Making Set

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Art of Critical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Making a good decision is not a chance act—it's a skill, one that can be learned and perfected, especially with the tools you’ll acquire in this two-course set. An Introduction to Formal Logic will teach you how to sharpen your intellectual self-defense against assaults on reason, while The Art of Critical Decision Making will help you approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated...
  9. (SET) Introduction to C++ & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

    (SET) Introduction to C++ & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Enjoy two in-depth, accessible introductions to the worlds of computer programming and formal logic with this set from The Great Courses. Start by exploring how to code everything from games to AI programs with C++, one of the most popular and powerful programming languages ever developed, in Introduction to C++: Programming Concepts and Applications. Continue learning with An Introduction to Formal Logic, which...
  10. (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) How Great Science Fiction Works & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Explore the shifting boundaries between reality and fiction with this illuminating two-course set. Start by expanding your imagination into worlds beyond anything you know with How Great Science Fiction Works. Then, delve into the world of Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science to discover how science is showing that the fantastical is part of fundamental fabric of our world.
  11. (Set) Effective Research Methods for Any Project & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

    (Set) Effective Research Methods for Any Project & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Uncover the methodologies of professional researchers with this enriching two-course set. Hone the skills needed to conduct your own projects with Effective Research Methods for Any Project, then get the keys to philosophy, mathematics, and science with An Introduction to Formal Logic. 
  12. (Set) Redefining Reality & Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World"

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    For truly deep thinkers, Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" covers a number of fascinating topics, including probability, statistics, and geometry, along with Euclidean space, Plato’s Cave, and more. But to get to the heart of this subject, it’s also important to define what the “real world” is. Pair this course with Redefining Reality to fully understand the intellectual implications and nature...
  13. (Set) Redefining Reality & The Philosopher’s Toolkit Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & The Philosopher’s Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Philosophy is best practiced with an eye to other disciplines. The Philosopher’s Toolkit provides subjects you thought you knew through the lens of philosophy, providing new insights and interpretations. Paired with Redefining Reality, which uses other subjects to help scope the meaning of reality, you’ll get a deep understanding of the questions at the heart of every philosophy discussion.
  14. (Set) The Art of Debate & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

    (Set) The Art of Debate & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Logic is intellectual self-defense against assaults on reason and this two-course set will help you identify and overcome those assaults. Learn to apply reason and weed out emotion to make stronger arguments with The Art of Debate. Then, explore logic from the ground up—from the fallacies of everyday thinking to cutting edge ideas on the frontiers of the discipline with An Introduction to Formal Logic.
  15. (Set) How to Program & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

    (Set) How to Program & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Take on both philosophical and real-world applications of formal logic, a breathtakingly versatile tool, in this two-course set. How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises teaches you one of the world’s most powerful and popular computer languages. Then, learn logic from the ground up—from the fallacies of everyday thinking to cutting-edge new ideas—with An Introduction to Formal Logic.
  16. (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Sci-Phi Set

    (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Sci-Phi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Enjoy this two-course set that puts you at the intersection of philosophy and science. In The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics, explore the concepts, theories, and speculations that underlie our understanding of reality. And in Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy, find food for philosophical thought in a wide range of astonishing tales and astounding technologies from big-budget blockbusters and...
  17. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Redefining Reality

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    This two-course set looks at some of the greatest minds and methods in philosophy. First, explore logic from the ground up, from the fallacies of everyday thinking to cutting-edge ideas on the frontiers of the discipline, with An Introduction to Formal Logic. Then, take what you learned and apply it to the quest to discover what reality is with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science.
  18. (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Redefining Reality Set

    (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Redefining Reality

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at $504.90 Starting at $504.90 $584.90 $504.90$584.90
    What is the nature of reality? It’s one of the most profound questions we can ask—and one you’ll dive into with this two-course set by award-winning professor and philosopher Steven Gimbel. Start by exploring the concepts, theories, and speculations that underlie our understanding of reality in The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics. Then, in Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern...
  19. (Set) Theories of Knowledge & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set on sale

    (Set) Theories of Knowledge & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $88.90 $539.90 $88.90$539.90
    Master the ways knowledge and logic work with this two-course set delivered by popular, award-winning professors. In Theories of Knowledge: How to Think about What You Know, Professor Joseph H. Shieber invites you to survey how ancient philosophers and contemporary neurobiologists alike have made sense of knowledge. In An Introduction to Formal Logic, Professor Steven Gimbel teaches you logic from the ground up,...
  20. (Set) Redefining Reality & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$639.90
    Understand your universe better with this profound two-set course. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution, demonstrates how relativity and quantum physics touch the very basis of physical reality. However, what is reality? Redefining Reality takes this study to the next level, looking at the ways science has shaped our understanding of reality.