Associate Professor of Philosophy
Gimbel is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Philosophy Department. He currently holds the Johnson Chair for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities. Gimbel's research focuses on the foundations of science (particularly Einstein’s theory of relativity) and the relationship between science, politics, and religion. He has also written on the philosophical implications of the Grateful Dead, and on the philosophy of humor in light of his experiences as an amateur stand-up comedian.
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Philosophy, ethics, scientific/political/religious/philosophical connections, Grateful Dead, humor
Expertise: Einstein’s theory of relativity, the nature of scientific evidence
Education: Ph.D., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Gimbel most recently wrote a book entitled Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion. It explains Einstein’s work for the layman and examines the historical, political, and religious context from which it – and other theories of space, time and gravitation – emerged.
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