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Winner of the Lakatos Award 2003 announced

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is pleased to announce that this year's Lakatos Award of £10,000 for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, goes to Patrick Suppes (Stanford University), for his book Representation and Invariance of Scientific Structures (CSLI Publications, California, 2002).

Patrick Suppes will visit LSE to give a public lecture and receive the award in the summer term 2004.

Representation and Invariance of Scientific Structures is the culmination of several decades of work on set-theoretical structures in science and argues that these structures supply the right framework within which to investigate problems of representation and invariance in any systematic part of science. Particular scientific developments investigated from this point of view include the realisation at the beginning of the 20th Century that the separate invariant properties of space and time must be replaced by the space/time invariants of relativity theory; and the ongoing disputes over the proper representation of probability.

The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. It was made possible by a generous endowment from the Latsis Foundation. The Award is in memory of the former LSE professor, Imre Lakatos, and is administered by an international Management Committee organised from LSE.

The Committee decides the outcome of the Award competition on the advice of an international, independent and anonymous panel of Selectors.

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For more information, please contact Cara Hampshire on 020 7955 7901 or email c.l.hampshire@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes for editors:

Imre Lakatos, 1922-1974, was Professor of Logic with special reference to the Philosophy of Mathematics at LSE since 1969, having joined the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method in 1960. He was born in Hungary and graduated in Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy from Debrecen University in 1944, before joining the underground resistance. After the war, he escaped to Vienna and came to Cambridge with the aid of a Rockefeller fellowship. He there wrote the doctoral thesis out of which grew his famous Proofs and Refutations (CUP, 1976). Two volumes of Philosophical Papers, edited by John Worrall and Gregory Currie, appeared in 1978, also with CUP.

Nominations can now be made for the 2004 Lakatos Award, and must be received by Monday 19th April 2004. The 2004 Award will be for a book published in English with an imprint from 1998-2003 inclusive. A book may, with the permission of the author, be nominated by any person of recognised standing within the profession.

For further details of the nomination procedure or more information on the Lakatos Award 2004, contact Cara Hampshire on 020 7955 7901 or email c.l.hampshire@lse.ac.uk| 

17 December 2003

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