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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). A celebrated mathematician and logician, Russell was and remains one of the most genuinely widely read and popular philosophers of modern times.

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  • Series: Routledge Classics
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041547373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415473736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970). Philosopher, mathematician, educational and sexual reformer, pacifist, prolific letter writer, author and columnist, Bertrand Russell was one of the most influential and widely known intellectual figures of the twentieth century. In 1950 he was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 1950 for his extensive contributions to world literature and for his "rationality and humanity, as a fearless champion of free speech and free thought in the West."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elena Boguslavsky on September 13, 2012
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I am enjoying every word of this outstanding memoir. Some readers complain about the long and seemingly irrelevant letters, but if you do not rush, they open up to you such an authentic, fresh and unaltered view of those times, events and people, and their private lives you can hardly get from anywhere else. I think those letters complement the text in a unique way.
After reading W. Churchills' memoir this book seems to be rather laconic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Mozahem on February 27, 2010
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Russell lived a long and fruitful life, and for most of it he had been a very controversial figure. You shouldn't read Russell just to agree or to disagree with him; you should read him to know what he has to say about a topic. The great historian Arnold Toynbee compared him to Plato's philosopher who is responsible for descending back to the cave to enlighten those that have not seen the light. One of Russell's most important characteristics is that he was a great writer, and this truly shows in his autobiography. Reading this book, one is inclined to ask himself over and over again "what have I done so far?" It's probably not fair to try to compare yourself to Russell because the only thing that would lead to is insanity. However, this book is a window to one of the greatest minds of recent times and everyone should come and take a peak.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Basil Lenkov on October 13, 2010
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Before I've ordered this gorgeous book I had thought it can be some letters inside. I just don't think such way anymore.

Bad news for mathematicians -- there is no mathematics, good news for linguists -- some letters of Wittgenstein and Einstein are in German, letters of French mathematician Jean Nicod in original -- all translated into beautiful English, and index has special note for letter's part.

There is a chapter Principia Mathematica, but no chapter History of Western Philosophy; there are the chapters First Marriage and Second Marriage, but no Third Marriage and Fourth Marriage... However, my favourite chapters are especially good: Russia (travelling 1920) and China (travelling 1920). No synchronic table (what was done when). We all still have Wikipedia, hmm:)

No grumbling about content, the whole life from soup to nuts is before us by the eyes of author, and the author is one of few men understanding Mathematical Philosophy (!!!), so if you were interested in this book before, you will not loose your interest after.

On the condition that you have your favourite chair (of course, you have!), your favourite drink (...think better!), and simple in use touch-screen calculator, divide the total sum of pages on your usual quantity of pages per hour, and voilà, you have guaranteed time of pleasure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NARINDER SINGH on October 21, 2014
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A brilliant philosopher tells his story of life in perhaps best English autographies of philosphers
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By Dr Michael R Finch on September 2, 2013
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Russell's autobiography is a masterly digest of his almost one hundred years of an action-packed and thought-packed life. His writing style is crisp and precise, both serious and in places hilarious, but never dull. Whether you like Russell's philosophy or not, he has the ability to makes difficult issues clear in a few sentences. And he is enlightening in the best sense of the word, in that whether you agree with him or not, you understand better for having read him.

-- Mike
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