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Bertrand Russell

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Definition English philosopher and mathematician instrumental in pioneering symbolic logic (1872-1970)
  • In Impact of Science on Society, Bertrand Russell explains a weakness in some of the early Greek thinking:  "Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths."
  • Why, there's one town in Maryland, only twenty-seven people, no bomb'll ever touch that town, is the complete essays of a man named Bertrand Russell.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • According to Bertrand Russell, the virtuous stoic was one whose will was in agreement with the natural order.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • An empiricist of our own century, Bertrand Russell, has provided a more grotesque example.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • A lot of it began with Russell and Whitehead and a book they wrote called Principia Mathematical "Bertrand Russell?"
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • At sixteen, he made his way through Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead's famously abstruse masterpiece Principia Mathematica.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Unlike Phaedrus, this man was an international celebrity at thirty-five, a living legend at fifty-eight, whom Bertrand Russell has described as "by general agreement, the most eminent scientific man of his generation."
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • A philosopher/mathematician named Bertrand Russell, who lived and died in the same century as Gass, once wrote: "Language serves not only to express thought but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it."
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He spent hours waiting on Marguerite Benson—taking her shopping or off to movies he himself couldn't stand, talking with her politely about Thorstein Veblen and Bertrand Russell and Karl Marx (her false teeth clicking all the while she talked), swivving her night after night with a look of wild rapture on his face and a prayer that it soon be over in his head.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues

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