Gersonides: A Portrait of a Fourteenth-Century Philosopher-Scientist

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Gersonides was a highly original Jewish philosopher, scientist, and biblical exegete, active in Provence in the first half of the fourteenth century. Ruth Glasner explores his impressive achievements, and argues that the key to understanding his originality is his perspective as an applied mathematical scientist.

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Ruth Glasner is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her PhD research focused on Greek philosophy, and she later turned to work on medieval science, notably physics, mathematics and astronomy. Glasner studies mainly Hebrew medieval texts with a special interest in the genre of the commentary.

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In each of these discussions, Glasner succeeds in providing the reader with an illuminating and brief exposition of Gersonides stance. * Tony Levy, Isis *

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