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Here we want to create a chronology of Russell's development of mathematical logic, the people who inspired him at different stages, and the key concepts and perspectives that occured at each major point. We can use Monk's progression and then deepen as we dig into Russell's work directly.
Time Period Development Description 1883: age 11 Power of deductive systems. A concern for reliance on axioms as premises for mathematics. Desire to found all knowledge on a foundation like Euclid's. Love for mathematics inspired by Euclid's geometry. The prospect of knowing something with complete certainty, once and for all. Platonic idealism. Elevation of Pythagoras as the kind of philosopher to become. Belief in eternal and exact truth of mathematics being about ideals. 1900: age 38 Principia Mathematica completed
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