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RUSSELL, Bertrand Arthur William [1872-1970] -- British philosopher, mathematician, and social reformer., 3rd Earl Russell

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He was a man of principles, possessed of a keen intellect. A prolific writer, he produced over 90 books.

While working on his definitive Principia Mathematica he discovered what is now called Russell's Paradox: If we have a class that is not a member of itself - is it a member of itself? If yes, then no, if no, then yes. After discussions with Wittgenstein Russell was forced to accept the view that mathematical statements are tautologies, not truths about a realm of logico-mathematical entities. I think that this discovery "spoiled" the field for him, as he never again worked intesively in mathematics.  -30-
 

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1916
A Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, he was dismissed for his pacifist views during World War I.
1918
Imprisoned for his pacifist views.
1940
His appointment to the philosophy faculty of the City College of New York is voided.
1950
Nobel prize in literature

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  • Grandfather: ¤RUSSELL, John [1792-1878] British statesman, orator, author, 1st Earl Russell of Kingston Russell

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