Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellowship

Research Topic

Scientific Literature in Hebrew and Judeo-German in German Lands before Mendelssohn 


Gad Freudenthal is Senior Research Fellow Emeritus with the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in Paris, France. He has written on the reception of science and philosophy in Jewish cultures, mainly in the Middle Ages and in the eighteenth century, and has focused his research on Greek philosophies of matter. He is the editor of the journal Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism.

Freudenthal received his PhD from Université de Paris 1 (Sorbonne). Prior that, he studied mathematics, physics, and the history and philosophy of science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Selected publications

  • Science in the Medieval Hebrew and Arabic Traditions (Routledge, 2005)
  • Aristotle's Theory of Material Substance: Heat and Pneuma, Form and Soul (Clarendon Press, 1995)



Encouraging a broad view of Islamic societies and fostering new approaches to their religious, ethnic, and linguistic diversity.


Posing new questions about the theories, institutions, and paradigms shaping the study of nature, and about the cultural and religious consequences that emerge from such study.