Alfred North WhiteheadMathematician / Philosopher
Born: 15 February 1861
Died: 30 December 1947
Birthplace: Ramsgate, Kent, England
Best known as: Mathematician who turned to metaphysics and religion
Alfred North Whitehead began teaching mathematics in 1884 at Trinity College in Cambridge, England. Between 1910 and 1913 he published the three-volume work Principia Mathematica
with his former student, Bertrand Russell
, an attempt to define the logical foundation of science and mathematics. Whitehead taught in England until 1924, when he moved to the United States to accept a chair in philosophy from Harvard University. In 1929 he published Process and Reality
, and spent the rest of his life writing and lecturing on what is called process theology.
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