Leroi wins London Hellenic Prize

Leroi wins London Hellenic Prize

Biologist Armand Marie Leroi has picked up a second prize for books about Greece – the London Hellenic Prize – for his exploration of Aristotle’s involvement in science.

The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science (Bloomsbury) was awarded the £9,000 Runciman Prize, which is organised by the Anglo-Hellenic League and given to a work, published in English, about some aspect of Greece or the world of Hellenism, on the 18th June. 

Last week he also won the £10,000 London Hellenic Prize, which is given by the London Hellenic Society to a book in English about Greece or Greek exploits, culture or history.

Leroi's book explains Aristotle’s work as a biologist, exploring the philosopher’s "deep ideas and inspired guesses" – as well as the things that he got wildly wrong. He explains how Aristotle’s science was intertwined with his philosophical system and how modern science even now bears the imprint of its inventor.

The book was first published in hardback in 2014 and will be published in paperback on the 27th August (£9.99).

Armand Marie Leroi is professor of evolutionary developmental biology at Imperial College London. He is also the author of Mutants: On the Form, Variety and Errors of the Human Body (Harper Perennial), which was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize for Popular Science Books and won the Guardian First Book Award.