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

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6.6.4 Three passions and three calamities, 1901–1902. Russell’s intellectual honeymoon was truly over: the construction of logicism would be far trickier than he had imagined. But this paradox was only the second of three great difficulties which struck him during the first year of the new century.

The first in chronological order occurred during March and April of 1901, when Russell and Alys stayed for six weeks together with the Whiteheads at Downing College, Cambridge. The pleasure of the time was spoilt by continuing pains suffered by Mrs. Whitehead, with whom he may have been covertly in love: one day ‘we found Mrs. Whitehead undergoing an unusually severe bout of pain. She seemed cut off from everyone and everything by walls of agony, and ...

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