Scientists » Mathematicians » ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD
|Full name||: Alfred North Whitehead|
|Alias||: Alfred North Whitehead|
|Address||: Ramsgate, Kent, England|
|Animals||: The Rooster|
|Father||: Alfred Whitehead|
|Mother||: Maria Sarah Buckmaster|
|Siblings||: Henry Whitehead|
|Wife||: Evelyn Wade|
|Education||: Trinity College Cambridge Sherborne School University of Cambridge|
|Activists||: Mathematicians , Philosophers|
Alfred North Whitehead was a British Mathematician who is known for his tremendous contributions in algebra, logic, foundations of mathematics, philosophy of science, physics, metaphysics, and education. Although Whitehead was a scientist whose areas of expertise were maths and physics, yet his outlook towards these subjects were philosophical than purely scientific. Whitehead was born in Britain but lived a considerable part of his life in the United States of America serving as a teacher of Philosophy at Harvard and engage himself in a wide range of humanitarian acts. Whitehead is also famous for co-authoring the historical “Principia Mathematica” with Bertrand Russell. Bertrand Russell and Willard Van Orman Quine had carried on with their doctoral dissertations under Whitehead’s supervision. Whitehead introduced logic and analytic philosophy in a brand new way. Whitehead taught physics, the philosophy of science, and the theory and practice of education at University College London and Imperial College London.
Whitehead spent the whole of 1890s writing his mathematical book, ‘Treatise on Universal Algebra’ which was published in 1898. He spent the whole of 1900 with his student Bertrand Russell in coming out with the first edition of ‘Principia Mathematica’ which was published in 1910, 1912, and 1913. ‘Principia Mathematica’ was a three volume work on the foundation of mathematics whose second edition was brought out in 1927.
Alfred North Whitehead was born on 15 February 1869 in Ramsgate, Kent, England in an affluent family where his father and uncles were vicars. Whitehead’s family was dedicated entirely to the Church of England. His grandfather was an influential man who had founded Chatham House Academy but as a kid, Whitehead was sent to another very posh publish school, Sherborne School, Dorset in South England. Whitehead got a reserved childhood at home but in school he was known to be good in sports, and mathematics. Whitehead was bright and popular in school as he was the head prefect of his class.
Whitehead completed his matriculation from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1880. He received his BA in 1884. In 1884, Whitehead was chosen as the fellow of Trinity College and he started teaching and writing on mathematics till 1910.
Whitehead married Evelyn Wade, an Irish woman brought up in France, in 1890. Together the couple had three children, one daughter and two sons. He lost one of his sons while the latter served in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. Alfred North Whitehead resigned from his position in Trinity College in 1914 in protest of the dismissal of a colleague because of an adulterous affair.
A Treatise on Universal Algebra with Applications - 1898
An Introduction to Mathematics - 1911
The Organization of Thought Educational and Scientific - 1917
The Principle of Relativity with Applications to Physical Science - 1922
Principia Mathematica (with Bertrand Russell) - 1925
Science and the Modern World - 1925
An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Natural Knowledge - 1925
Religion in the Making - 1926
Symbolism, Its Meaning and Effect - 1927
Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology - 1929
The Aims of Education and Other Essays - 1929
Adventures of Ideas - 1933
Nature and Life - 1934
Modes of Thought - 1938
Essays in Science and Philosophy - 1947
The Wit and Wisdom of Whitehead - 1947