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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34 Courses and Sets

  1. (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 $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    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.
  2. (SET) Take My Course, Please! & Redefining Reality Set

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

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    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.
  3. (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    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) Law School for Everyone & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $685.90 Starting at $685.90 $899.90 $685.90$899.90
    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.
  5. (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    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.
  6. (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 $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $529.90 $449.90$529.90
    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...
  7. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Mathematical Decision Making Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    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) The Great Questions of Philosophy and Physics & Redefining Reality Set

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

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $659.90 $549.90$659.90
    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...
  9. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Philosopher's Toolkit Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $484.00 Starting at $79.90 $599.90 $79.90$599.90
    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) Theories of Knowledge & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    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,...
  11. Set 9978:4140,4200 Set

    Set 9978:4140,4200

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.90 Starting at $579.90 $1,154.90 $579.90$1,154.90
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  12. (SET) Take My Course, Please! & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

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

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    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...
  13. (Set) Redefining Reality & Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    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...
  14. (Set) Sci-Phi & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) Sci-Phi & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $729.90 $429.90$729.90
    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.