A Chosen Calling: Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century, originally presented as the Efroymson Lectures at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, is now available as a co-publication of The Johns Hopkins University Press and Hebrew Union College Press.
Rejecting the idea that Jews have done well in science because of uniquely Jewish traits, Jewish brains, and Jewish habits of mind, historian of science Noah J. Efron approaches the Jewish affinity for science through the geographic and cultural circumstances of Jews who were compelled to settle in the United States, Palestine, and the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century. Efron illustrates how science was central to their dreams of creating new worlds—welcoming worlds—for a persecuted people.
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