Michel Serres Wins 2013 Dan David Prize
Michel Serres, Rennes, 2011. Photograph by Pymouss
"Prof. Michel Serres has been professor of philosophy at Clermont-Ferrand, Vincennes, Paris since 1969, has been a full professor of the history of science at Stanford University since 1984, and was elected to the French Academy in 1990. Through his explorations of the parallel developments of scientific, philosophical, and literary trends, Michel Serres has built a reputation as one of modern France's most gifted and original thinkers.
Michel Serres is a French master thinker of the old school, with an intimate knowledge of the western tradition in philosophy and science, from its origins to the present, a passionate curiosity about the present and the willingness—and the ability—to enter productively into discussion of a vast range of current questions. His career began with an enormous and penetrating investigation of Leibniz’s use of mathematical models, which continues to be a standard work, and rapidly developed into a series of inquiries: into the history and nature of mathematics, epistemology, moral philosophy and humanity’s relations with the natural world."