The London School of Economics and Political Science have announced that the joint-winners of the 2013 Lakatos Award are Laura Ruetsche for Interpreting Quantum Theories and David Wallace for The Emergent Multiverse. The award is given out annually for "an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous years", and was set-up in memory of former LSE Prof. Imre Lakatos.
Reutsche's work breaks new ground in regard to engagement with quantum theories, and provides an accessible introduction to the technical notions. Of Interpreting Quantum Theories, the journal Metascience said:
"Ruetsche's book is set apart from many of the recent books of the philosophy of physics, not only in its engagement with the quantum theory of infinite systems (including quantum field theory), but also in its explicit engagement with questions from general philosophy of science ... It is a book that repays close study and which should be discussed extensively by philosophers in the years to come."
The Emergent Multiverse, by David Wallace, is a challenging and fascinating account of the nature of the universe. Using an insightful philosophical approach, Wallace tackles some of the biggest problems in modern physics.
"It's well-written, it's often funny, it will expand your mental horizons, and it's not impossible that it will turn out to be one of the pivotal books of the twenty-first century." - Dr. Emmanuel Rayner
Discover more: To celebrate this award, we've made the first chapters of Intepreting Quantum Theories ('Exegesis Saves') and The Emergent Multiverse ('The Paradox of Measurement') free and available for one month.