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

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    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.
  2. (Set) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set on sale

    (Set) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic

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    Law and logic don’t naturally fit together but as you’ll discover in this useful two-course set, these topics go hand in hand when put into practical applications. You’ll learn how to think, talk, and apply logic like a lawyer though the 48 lectures of Law School for Everyone. Then, learn logic from the ground up with An Introduction to Formal Logic.
  3. (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind Set on sale

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    An incomparable introduction to the question of what the mind is and what reality is, these courses are ideal for anyone who ponders philosophical thought and the Greek aphorism, "know thyself." Philosophy of the Mind investigates the endlessly interesting phenomena of mind. Redefining Reality looks at the ways in which science, politics, religion, and our culture has shaped our understanding of reality.
  4. (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Redefining Reality Set on sale

    (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Redefining Reality

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    This fascinating two-course set shows us how our brain creates the experiences we call reality. Take a philosophical and scientific look at consciousness with Mind-Body Philosophy. Then, quest to pin down what's real and what's illusory from a philosophical and scientific perspective with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science.
  5. (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Mysteries of Modern Physics Set on sale

    (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Mysteries of Modern Physics

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    Questions about the physics of reality and the physics of time are at the heart of this two-course set that blends scientific insight with exceptional teaching. Start by exploring the concepts, theories, and speculations that underlie our understanding of reality in The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics. Then, examine philosophical views on time, how we perceive and misperceive time, the workings of memory,...
  6. (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Understanding the Misconceptions of Science Set on sale

    (SET) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Understanding the Misconceptions of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Explore some common misconceptions about reality and science in this illuminating two-course set that brings together The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics and Understanding the Misconceptions of Science. In the first course, explore the concepts, theories, and speculations that underlie our understanding of reality. And in the second course, explore shocking truths about everything from the physics of...
  7. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Mathematical Decision Making Set on sale

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Mathematical Decision Making

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    Learn how to overcome the fallacies that lead to bad decisions with this two-course set. An Introduction to Formal Logic will teach you how to sharpen your intellectual self-defense against assaults on reason, while Mathematical Decision Making: Predictive Models and Optimization teaches you the major mathematical techniques, applications, and spreadsheet procedures for basic analytics.
  8. (SET) Understanding the Misconceptions of Science & Redefining Reality Set on sale

    (SET) Understanding the Misconceptions of Science & Redefining Reality

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    Get a more well-rounded picture of the science of reality with this two-course set that pairs Understanding the Misconceptions of Science with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science. In the first course, you’ll investigate shocking truths about some of science’s most well-known—and often controversial—concepts, including the physics of flight, black holes, and quantum mechanics....
  9. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Philosopher's Toolkit Set on sale

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Philosopher's Toolkit

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    This two-course set helps you improve your critical thinking skills. Start by learning the basis of rational thought and intellectual self-defense with An Introduction to Formal Logic. Then, The Philosopher’s Toolkit arms you against the perils of bad thinking and supplies you with an arsenal of strategies to help you be more creative, logical, inventive, realistic, and rational in all aspects of your daily life.
  10. (SET) Take My Course, Please! & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set on sale

    (SET) Take My Course, Please! & An Introduction to Formal Logic

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    Join Professor Steven Gimbel to look at philosophy in a whole new way with this two-course set. Discover why understanding how humor works helps us understand a little bit better how we, as human beings, work with Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor. Then, examine logic from the ground up—from the fallacies of everyday thinking to cutting edge ideas on the frontiers of the discipline with An...
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    Set 9978:4140,4200

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  12. (Set) Sci-Phi & Redefining Reality Set on sale

    (Set) Sci-Phi & Redefining Reality

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    Discover how science fiction reflects reality with this intriguing two-course set. Philosophy is the search for truth and Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy reveals how that truth can be best discovered through the lens of science fiction. Then, Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science touches on many aspects of the ceaseless search for reality, both scientific and philosophical.
  13. (Set) Redefining Reality & Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time Set on sale

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $510.00 Starting at $84.90 $639.90 $84.90$639.90
    What is reality? Is time real? Investigate these two ideas and discover how they are related through Redefining Reality and Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time. By looking at these complex concepts through the lens of sciences, philosophy, and history, and integrating topics such as black holes, cosmic inflation, and dark energy, you’ll find out how and why these theories are woven into the very fabric of our...