Frank Wilczek by Justin Knight

A Beautiful Question: finding nature's deep design

In his new book A Beautiful Question world-class physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek argues that beauty is at the heart of the logic of the universe, a principle that had guided his pioneering work in quantum physics.

Frank Wilczek won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2004. He will speak at LSE in a free Department of Mathematics public lecture on Wednesday 8 July at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building.

See the event listing for full details.

What's new

Old Building acoustic screen

As part of the Centre Building works an acoustic screen is being erected in front of the Houghton Street elevation of the Old Building this week. The screen is mounted onto scaffolding that has to be tied into the Old Building, which involves drilling into the facade.


The works will start Tuesday 30 June, and complete early next week.  Cantillon will restrict drilling to between the hours of 8-10am, 12-2pm and 4-6pm. As set out in our May newsletter   there should not be any noisy works outside these three periods. Should you experience any disruption within the quiet periods then please contact Jas Sidhu on or 020 7955 7778 and she will forward your concern onto the relevant person within the Capital Development Team. 


From Thursday 2 July at 8am a section of the screen will be erected over the Old Building entrance ramp. The work will take two days and will mean that the ramp is temporarily blocked as the scaffold base lift is being erected. Cantillon will marshal the works/ramp and when required facilitate access onto the ramp. 


The accessible route through the Old Building onto Portugal Street remains in operation throughout the works and could be used as an alternative route. 


Visit the Centre Buildings Redevelopment pages to find out more about the project.

LSE Perspectives special edition - share your photos of LSE

LSE Arts is now accepting submissions for a special LSE 120th anniversary edition of Perspectives. Favourite spots? Rooms and views? Campus hidden treasures? Send in your most artistic pictures of LSE by Wednesday 12 August.


If you’re interested in entering your photos, see how to submit. The latest edition of LSE Perspectives is now online.

LSE Graduation Ball - tickets on sale

Tickets to the LSE Graduation Ball on Saturday 18 July are now on sale!


Set in a beautiful venue (Porchester Hall) with professional photography and a black tie dress code, it’ll be an evening you’ll never forget. 


Tickets are £55 and available from

Fighting Homophobia in Uganda: a conversation with Frank Mugisha - Wednesday 8 July

Rahul Rao will be interviewing Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, about his experiences as a gay man and an LGBT activist in one of the most actively hostile nations towards LGBT people in the world.


The interview will last for 20-30 minutes, followed by the opportunity for the audience to ask questions. A drinks reception will follow from 7.30pm.


This event will take place on Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 6.30pm in the Thai Theatre, New Academic Building. It is free to all, but please book a place


Organised by Spectrum: The LSE LGBT+ Staff Network.

Did you know? Clare Market was named after the 16th century Earl of Clare...

Going High Rise at Clare Market... who established a street market  known for its butchers.


Sue Donnelly looks at the history of the Clare Market building, from car park to paternoster lift to Normaland Wall, in a new LSE History blog post: Going High Rise at Clare Market


2015 is LSE’s 120th anniversary. Join in the celebrations at #LSE120 

Public events

Digital Capital: where next for London in the tech revolution? 

Speaker: Gerard Grech
Date: Tuesday 7 July 2015, 6.30-8pm

Fighting Homophobia in Uganda: A conversation with Frank Mugisha 

Speakers: Dr Frank Mugisha, Dr Rahul Rao

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2015, 6.30-8pm


Sacred Mountains of China

Speaker: Ryan Pyle
Date: Wednesday 29 July 2015, 6.30-8pm


See Diary and events for more.  



The final Gearty Grilling: Craig Calhoun on the future of LSE

Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE and world-renowned social scientist, discusses his research and the future of LSE.


Domestic politics drives Putin's foreign policy, says new LSE book

Internal political objectives of regime consolidation drive Russia's foreign policy, including its behaviour in Ukraine, according to a new LSE book.


LSE academic advises Greek Debt Truth Committee  

Dr Margot Salomon, LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Law Department has jointly prepared a legal brief for the Special Committee of the Hellenic Parliament on the audit of the Greek Debt (Debt Truth Committee).


See News and media for more.



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