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Lakatos Award winner to give public lecture at LSE

Lakatos Award winner Professor Patrick Suppes, Stanford University, will speak on Why are the Concepts of Representation and Invariance Important in Science? at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 29 April.

Since Euclid, axiomatising our theories about the world has been vitally important for identifying and clarifying their most basic assumptions and logical consequences, for their analysis, evaluation and improvement. Over the last half-century the renowned American philosopher of science Patrick Suppes has made an outstanding contribution to axiomatising a wide range of scientific theories in terms of set-theory, the 20th century's vision of our most basic way of analysing the world, thus also organising them into a common framework.

His book Representation and Invariance in Scientific Structures argues that set-theoretical 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 Ptolemaic astronomy; 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; the ongoing disputes over the proper representation of probability; and current neuroscience. His lecture will discuss these.

Patrick Suppes is Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Stanford University, where he has been on the faculty since 1950. He was awarded the Lakatos Award 2003 for his book Representation and Invariance of Scientific Structures.

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.

Why are the Concepts of Representation and Invariance Important in Science? is on Thursday 29 April at 5.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press seat, contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

To request an interview with Patrick Suppes, please email Ruth Molyneux at r.molyneux@lse.ac.uk| 

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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.

For more information on Imre Lakatos, see http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/lakatos/|

Further information about the Lakatos Award and Professor Suppes can be seen at Lakatos Award 2003|

Professor Patrick Suppes was awarded the Lakatos Award 2003 for his book Representation and Invariance of Scientific Structures (CSLI Publications, California, 2002).

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.

To view the press release on this award, click here|

19 April 2004

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