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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  1. An Introduction to Formal Logic Sale

    An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Steven Gimbel
    4.6 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to £5.00 Starting at £34.99 £54.99 £34.99£54.99
    From advertisers trying to separate you from your money, to politicians trying to get your vote, to friends who want you to agree with them, many people use flawed and misleading arguments to sway your behavior. Formal logic is intellectual self-defense and the key to clear thinking, good planning, and sound reasoning. Learn the principles in 24 lucid lectures taught by a professor who practices what he teaches.
  2. Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science Sale

    Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science

    Steven Gimbel
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (69)
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    No subject is bigger than reality itself and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality has been undergoing continual revision for centuries. The quest to pin down what’s real is both philosophical and scientific. Redefining Reality , presented by award-winning Professor of Philosophy Steven Gimbel, shows that separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual...
  3. Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor

    Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor

    Steven Gimbel
    4 out of 5
    64% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (31)
    Starting at £24.99 Starting at £24.99 £54.99 £24.99£54.99
    In the 24 insightful and—yes—humorous lectures of Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor, Professor Steven Gimbel guides you through philosophical theories of humor, from blatantly obvious puns to sly twists of language. Rooted in the observations of thinkers like Aristotle and Sigmund Freud, this course will leave you with a stronger appreciation of the jokes you tell and the jokes you hear.
  4. (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 £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    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,...
  5. (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 £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £144.98 £102.98£144.98
    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.
  6. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & Redefining Reality

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    This two-course set looks at some of the greatest minds and methods in philosophy. First, 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. Then, take what you learned and apply it to the quest to discover what reality is with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science.
  7. (Set) Redefining Reality & Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World"

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £102.98 Starting at £102.98 £149.98 £102.98£149.98
    For truly deep thinkers, Mathematics, Philosophy, and the "Real World" covers a number of fascinating topics, including probability, statistics, and geometry, along with Euclidean space, Plato’s Cave, and more. But to get to the heart of this subject, it’s also important to define what the “real world” is. Pair this course with Redefining Reality to fully understand the intellectual implications and nature...
  8. (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 £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    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...
  9. (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) Mind-Body Philosophy & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £125.98 £55.98£125.98
    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.
  10. (Set) Redefining Reality & The Philosopher’s Toolkit Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & The Philosopher’s Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    Philosophy is best practiced with an eye to other disciplines. The Philosopher’s Toolkit provides subjects you thought you knew through the lens of philosophy, providing new insights and interpretations. Paired with Redefining Reality, which uses other subjects to help scope the meaning of reality, you’ll get a deep understanding of the questions at the heart of every philosophy discussion.
  11. (SET) Understanding the Misconceptions of Science & Redefining Reality Set

    (SET) Understanding the Misconceptions of Science & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    Get a more well-rounded picture of the science of reality with this two-course set that pairs Understanding the Misconceptions of Science with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern Science. In the first course, you’ll investigate shocking truths about some of science’s most well-known—and often controversial—concepts, including the physics of flight, black holes, and quantum mechanics....
  12. (Set) Sci-Phi & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) Sci-Phi & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £125.98 £55.98£125.98
    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.
  13. (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 £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    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.
  14. (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 £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    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.
  15. (Set) Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor & Mind-Body Philosophy Set

    (Set) Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor & Mind-Body Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Take an exhilarating journey through philosophy as it relates to our own humanity in this eye-opening two-course set. Explore the philosophical theories and explanations of humor, from blatantly obvious puns to complex narratives to sly twists of language with Take My Course, Please! The Philosophy of Humor. Then, learn how some of the greatest thinkers have addressed and attempted to solve the mind-body problem...
  16. (Set) The Theory of Everything & Redefining Reality Set

    (Set) The Theory of Everything & Redefining Reality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    Defining reality is a task that needs frequent updates and this two-course set gives you cutting edge views of a complex subject. Join scientists trying to solve nature’s ultimate mystery in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Then, learn how separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual adventure with Redefining Reality: The Intellectual Implications of Modern...
  17. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Philosopher's Toolkit Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    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.
  18. (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    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.
  19. (SET) Introduction to C++ & An Introduction to Formal Logic Set

    (SET) Introduction to C++ & An Introduction to Formal Logic

    Steven Gimbel
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Enjoy two in-depth, accessible introductions to the worlds of computer programming and formal logic with this set from The Great Courses. Start by exploring how to code everything from games to AI programs with C++, one of the most popular and powerful programming languages ever developed, in Introduction to C++: Programming Concepts and Applications. Continue learning with An Introduction to Formal Logic, which...
  20. (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Hidden Factor Set

    (Set) An Introduction to Formal Logic & The Hidden Factor

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Think about the way you think with this illuminating two-course set. Start with a course that investigates that element which helps you win an argument, run a meeting, draft a contract, or raise a child—get An Introduction to Formal Logic. Then, learn the strategies that make you a more creative thinker with The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset.