Dr. Rebecca Goldstein
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein is a novelist and a philosopher. She graduated from Barnard College and received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. She is the author of nine books, seven of them fiction, including The Mind-Body Problem; Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics; Mazel; and 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. Her two non-fiction books are Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, which was chosen by Discover Magazine as one of the best science books of 2005, and Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, which won the Koret Award in Jewish Thought. Her book, The Ancient Quarrel: Literature and Philosophy, based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values delivered at Yale University in 2011, will be published in 2012. She is the recipient of many prizes for scholarship and fiction, including a 1996 MacArthur “Genius” Award. She was named Humanist of the Year 2011 by the American Humanist Association and Free-thought Heroine of 2011 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Philosophy at New College of the Humanities, London, U.K.