Books: Bright-Eyed Rationalism

NEW HOPES FOR A CHANGING WORLD (213 pp.)—Bertrand Russell—Simon & Schuster ($3).

Like any full-time heavyweight thinker, British Philosopher Bertrand Arthur William Russell juggles many kinds of ideas, some sound, and some mere sound. Sifting them apart has kept his critics in a dither for half a century, and may furrow posterity's brow even longer. The Socialist earl, now 79, has taken all knowledge for his sphere and kicked it around like a soccer ball.

Euclid & God. Even as a boy, he disliked rules. He mastered geometry at eleven, but resented having to accept the axioms of Euclid. Years later, this spark...

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