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The Search for Mathematical Roots, 1870-1940 by I. Grattan-Guinness

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CHAPTER 6

Russell’s Way In: From Certainty to Paradoxes, 1895–1903

 

I hoped sooner or later to arrive at a perfected mathematics which should leave no room for doubts, and bit by bit to extend the sphere of certainty from mathematics to other sciences.

Russell 1959a, 36

6.1 PREFACES

6.1.1 Plans for two chapters. This chapter and its successor treat Russell’s career in logic from 1897 to 1913. The point of division lies in 1903, when he published the book The principles of mathematics, where he expounded in detail the first version of his logicist thesis. This chapter traces the origins of that enterprise in his student ambitions at Cambridge University from 1890 to 1894 followed by six years of research under a Prize Fellowship at Trinity College ...

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