Alfred North Whitehead (Magill's Literary Annual 1986)
Victor Lowe’s purpose in writing this, the first volume of a projected two-volume biography of the British mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, is to present the adventures of the mind of a significant modern thinker—one who, Lowe believes, is neither well understood nor properly appreciated. Whitehead apparently inspired affection in all with whom he came in contact; this certainly includes Lowe, who was White-head’s student after Whitehead came to be professor of philosophy at Harvard University. Lowe, a professor emeritus of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, is widely regarded as the outstanding authority on the philosophy of Whitehead. He has produced not a generalized memoir of the man but a truly objective biography. The work has been twenty years in the making, and it is to be hoped that the second volume will appear soon.
Whitehead’s life is fairly easily summarized. Born in 1861, he was educated at home, in Kent, until 1875, when he became a student at Sherborne School in Somerset. He matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1880, took his degree in 1884, became a Fellow of Trinity in the same year, and remained at Cambridge as a teacher and scholar in mathematics until 1910, when he moved to the University of London. He retired in 1924 and accepted a position as professor of philosophy at Harvard, from which he again retired in 1939; he died in 1947. Until 1910, his concerns were almost entirely mathematical;...
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Sources for Further Study (Magill's Literary Annual 1991-2005)
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