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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27 Courses and Sets

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

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$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,...
  2. (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.
  3. (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...
  4. (Set) Redefining Reality & Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $639.90 $549.90$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...
  5. (SET) Take My Course, Please! & Redefining Reality Set

    (SET) Take My Course, Please! & Redefining Reality

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Join Professor Steven Gimbel on a fascinating look at philosophy with this two-course set. Discover what humor is from the perspective of history’s great philosophers with Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor. Then, examine the many aspects of the ceaseless search for reality—both scientific and philosophical—with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science.
  6. (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.
  7. (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.