Bertrand Russell a British Philosopher, logician, Essayist and a social critic was born on 18 May, 1872 at Montmouthsid. He belonged to a popular aristocratic family. He was grandson of Lord john Russell, who had twice served as Prime Minister under Queen Victoria. He was first Educated at home and then was sent to Trinity College, Cambridge where he obtained first class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy, later on he started teaching at the same college. His major works in mathematics includes ‘Principia Mathematicia’. He is considered as one of the founder of Modern Analytical Philosophy.
He wrote on wide variety of subjects including History, Ethics, Politics, educational studies and Religious studies. In 1950 Russell was awarded Nobel Prize in literature. He was a prominent anti-war activist and actively participated in anti-nuclear protest and campaign against western involvement in the Vietnam war. He died at the age of 97 in 1970.
GENERAL SUMMARY OF THE BOOK
Fact and Fiction by Bertrand Russell is a collection of his essays and some of his addresses at Vienna and Manchester on Nuclear bombs. This book was first published in 1961. The book is divided into four sections which are further divided into many subsections. The first part deals with poets, writers and books that influenced him in his youth. He has divided them according to his mood like at one side where there is Shelley, Turgenev and Ibsen that satisfy his optimistic mood on the other side there are