Jewish Journal

‘Einstein’s Jewish Science’ author on State of Belief

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 5, 2012 | 11:46 pm

In his new book, “Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion,” philosophy professor Steven Gimbel talks about how Jewish thinking laid a foundation for Einstein’s breakthrough Theory of Relativity. The New York Times reviewed Gimbel’s book Friday and summarized it this way:

Einstein, Gimbel argues, was especially well put to come upon such insights because he was a Jew. Gimbel is not saying that Einstein was deeply religious. When he talked about “the secrets of the Old One” or God playing dice, he was being a little ironic, using the idea of a deity he didn’t believe in as a metaphor for the laws of the universe. Nor does Gimbel find any particularly Jewish ideas in Einstein’s science or signs that, as the Nazis contended, it was politically motivated. I don’t think many will need convincing on those points. But Gimbel is an engaging writer. In demonstrating the obvious, he takes readers on enlightening excursions through the nature of Judaism, Hegelian philosophy, wherever his curiosity leads.

Listen to Gimbel talk about his book in the above video.

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