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2006 Lakatos Award winners to speak at LSE

Dr Hasok Chang, University College London, and Professor Harvey Brown, Oxford University, joint winners of the 2006 Lakatos Award, will give the annual Lakatos Award lectures at the LSE on Wednesday 18 April.

The Lakatos Award in Philosophy of Science, of £10,000 for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, was awarded jointly in 2006 to Dr Hasok Chang for his book Inventing Temperature: measurement and scientific progress (Oxford University Press 2004) and Professor Harvey Brown for his book Physical Relativity: space-time structure from a dynamical perspective (Oxford University Press 2005). The authors will examine the issues raised in their publications at this event.

Dr Chang, reader in philosophy of science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, will speak on Inventing Temperature at 5.15-6.16pm.

Hasok Chang's book attacks the seemingly simple question 'What is temperature and how can we measure it?' He shows, however, that pursuing that question leads to new perspectives on a range of general issues about scientific reasoning and the authority of science.

Professor John Worrall, LSE, will chair this lecture.

The lecture by Harvey Brown, professor of philosophy and physics at Oxford University, is entitled A Hundred Years of Relativity: what remains controversial for the philosopher?, and will be held from 6.30-7.30pm.

In Physical Relativity, Professor Brown develops a critical account of the way that Einstein formulated his special theory of relativity, concentrating on a tension between its kinematical and dynamical aspects. It sheds new light on central issues such as the alleged conventionality of simultaneity and the relationships between the special and the general theory of relativity.

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 the LSE

Professor Nancy Cartwright, will chair this part of the event.

Inventing Temperature is at 5.15-6.16pm, and A Hundred Years of Relativity: what remains controversial for the philosopher?, 6.30-7.30pm, on Wednesday 18 April. Both events take place in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, London WC2A and are free and open to all with no ticket required.

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

For more information on the Lakatos Award, see http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/philosophyLogicAndScientificMethod/lakatos/Default.htm| or contact Lisa Toseland at l.toseland@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7901.

30 March 2007

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