Books: Peer's Passions

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BERTRAND RUSSELL. 356 pages. Atlantic-Little, Brown. $7.95.

As a young scholar just out of Cambridge at the turn of the century, Bertrand Russell confronted a baffling conundrum. On one side of a piece of paper was written: "The statement on the other side of this paper is false." On the other side it read: "The statement on the other side of this paper is false."

The 3rd Earl Russell, now 94, presents a psychological conundrum of a similar order. Renowned mathematician, logician, philosopher and Nobel prizewinner, he writes English with all...

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