“Einstein’s Jewish Science” named finalist for prestigious literary award

Book of Prof. Steve Gimbel earns recognition from the National Jewish Book Awards.

“History, philosophy, politics, and religion are not removed from the history of science, but actually are important parts of it,” said Gettysburg College Philosophy Prof. Steve Gimbel, Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Professor in Humanities. “If we want to really understand why scientists do what they do when they do it, we need to understand their work in the contexts in which they live.”

This intersection of life and science was tackled in Gimbel’s latest book, Einstein’s Jewish Science. The book, an examination of the impact Albert Einstein’s beliefs, background, and environment had on his work, has earned considerable media attention and was recently named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards’ prize for history, the Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award.

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