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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1950 was awarded to Bertrand Russell "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought".

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A History of Western Philosophy

Bertrand Russell succeeded in the enormous task of writing a history of philosophy and making it not only interesting but fascinating.
/David Pratt, Canada
It is a good source for students or lovers of philosophy.
/Petrika, Albania

Bertrand Russell Speaks his Mind

Bertrand Russell is interviewed on twelve topics unrehearsed. He speaks fearlessly on diverse controversial topics, with lucidity, clarity, integrity , love and eloquence. He opens up your mind and tells you of the sheer diversity of the world, the diversity of his own mind, and the alarming problems facing mankind - but also the human spirit surmounting obstacles it is confronted with. It is a plea for sanity and logic and non-violence.
/Yusuf Chubb Garda, South Africa

Dictionary of Mind, Matter, and Morals

Because it is a genial philosophical book.
/Elena Dorante, Venezuela

Marriage and Morals

It's a lucid description of how the advent of industrial revolution and modern medicine has played a significant role in redefining the relationship between a man and a woman.
/Kedarnath, India

Power: A New Social Analysis

Bertrand Russell's book 'Power; A new social analysis' is my favorite. It is a small book of ~200 pages. It was published in 1938. In the Introduction, Russell places his hypothesis; that is, 'power' is for social sciences what 'energy' is for natural sciences. I found this comparison fascinating. He says, like energy - power also has various components which are transferable from one form to another. Unless one understands this concept, limited focus on one form of power will be incomplete and erroneous. In this book, Russell provides from every possible angle - historical, religious, anthropological, social, military and political - the use and abuse of power by humans since the beginning of civilization. I see this book as a bottle of concentrated honey. Every chapter has to be tasted sip by sip at frequent intervals - at least that's what I have been doing since 1988 when I bought that book in the year my elder daughter was born. Even at the personal level, it is a fulfilling book on child rearing. How to balance power and love for one's own children? It was not a 'great' book by reviewer's scale or popularity scale. But unless one has the ability to at least try to think at the level of Russell (not an easy task for sure!), mediocre minds of reviewers or readers cannot grasp the serious message dealt in that book.
/Sachi Sri Kantha, Japan

Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism

It's impressive the way that Bertrand Russell wrote about politics, while his real interest was in logic and philosophy, he was able to make contributions in areas as diverse as those.
/Fabricio Da Ponte, Paraguay

The ABC of Relativity

It is said of relativity, only two people understand it, one is God and the other Einstein himself, well Russell is definitively the third, unfortunately, I am not the fourth. This book is intellectually of the highest order.
/Kedarnath, India

The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell

The first section of the book named 'What I have lived for' is so brilliant that if one has read that very one page one has read a lot. It is a must read.
/Kedar Joshi, United Kingdom

The Conquest of Happiness

It tells us about how to live our life and free us from the burdensome life ... and make us optimistic. It is the moral code of life.
/Omair Adil, Pakistan
Profound analysis of human nature and causes of unhappiness.
/Kavan Limbasiya, India
I have discovered writings by Bertrand Russell 37 years ago when I was doing my Ph.D. degree at MIT. Since then I have read almost all books that this great man wrote. 'The Conquest of Happiness' I read several times. I always have it with me when travel abroad. 'The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell' I read during a summer holiday. I do agree, it is also a unique source of wisdom.
/Prof. Sava Milosevic, Serbia & Montenegro

The Principles of Mathematics

I like and recommend this book and Book Tips has opened a new chapter in my life. This is not merely a method of sharing knowledge but also a perfect and friendly tool to compare one's own with other visitors/ contributors. My understanding of the contents of the book has been immensely updated after reading the tips contributed by Nadja Sleiman Monteiro. For me, now, the said book is no longer "a chain of beautifully ordered words" but rather "a beautiful chain of beautifully ordered beautiful words".
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
Earl Bertrand Russell was a keen mathematician, philosopher, sociologist and much more. A grandson of Sir John Russell - twice the Prime minister of England; Earl Russell was tutored at home and later attended the Trinity College; Cambridge. I like and recommend his 'Principia Mathematica' (written in collaboration with Mr AN Whitehead) because this book is a salute to his rule of the "Domain". The book is a Trilogy spaced over 1910, 1911 and 1913. Earl Russell married four times and his last great public act was the establishment of the Russell Peace Foundation in 1963.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
'The Principles of Mathematics' is, arguably, the culmination in print of a long process of thought and concern, philosophically speaking, of Russell's intellectual preoccupations from his adolescence, youth and maturity with questions relating to the foundations of mathematics. Ever since Russell read J.S. Mill in his adolescence he had thought there was something suspect with the millian view that mathematical knowledge is in some sense empirical. Though he lacked the sophistication at the time to propose a different view of the foundations in mathematics, his concerns with these topics remained with him well into the completion of Principia Mathematica. Logic and Mathematics were, by that time, seen as separate subjects dealing with distinct subject-matters, it came to be, however, the intuition of Russell (an intuition shared, and indeed, anticipated by Frege) that mathematics was nothing more than the later stages of logic. He did not come into this view easily, after a long period of hegelianism and kantianism in philosophy, in which Russell sought to overcome the so-called antinomies of the infinite and the infinitesimal, etc; Russell saw light coming, not from the works of philosophers, but from the work of mathematicians working to introduce rigour in mathematics. Through the developments introduced by such mathematicians as Cantor and Dedekind Russell saw, or indeed thought he saw, that the difficulties in the notion of infinite and infinitesimal could be dealt with by solely mathematical methods, and it was through the continued development of formal logic by Peano and his followers that Russell saw the possibility of defining the notions of zero, number & successor in purely logical terms. Before all of these developments and ideas were put together by Russell and developed into the philosophy of mathematics known as logicism he made several sophisticated though unsuccesful attempts at questions having to do with the foundations of mathematics, one such attempt is his 'An Analysis of Mathematical Reasoning'.
/Nadja Sleiman Monteiro, Brazil
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