Frank Ramsey (1903-1930): A Sister's Memoir


  • Margaret Paul  Frank Ramsey (1903-1930): A Sister's Memoir, Smith-Gordon, 2012

ずいぶん前に、Frank Ramsey の伝記が出ると聞いたことがあった。しかし、その後、そのようなこともすっかり忘れていたのですが、先日たまたま上記の本が出ていることを知り、あわてて注文して本日入手。確保できてよかった。たぶん珍しい本ではなかろうか。CiNii Books で調べると、国内研究教育機関では、どこも所蔵していない本のようです。本のサイズはちょっと大きめで、縦24cm×横16.5cm, 300ページぐらいのペーパーです。Cambridge in UK が出版地のようです。


Margaret Ramsey's memoir of her prodigious brother shows Frank Ramsey as clearly as if it were yesterday in the surroundings of his family, fellow scholars and friends. The life of an exceptional man is played out before our eyes against a background of a time that is now 'another country' but strangely linked in its manners and concerns to our own. A brilliant mathematician and a philosopher who belonged to the Cambridge of Moore, Russell and Wittgenstein (whose Tractatus he translated while a student) he was the innovator of a new subject of economic philosophy challenging Keynes on probability and contributing to taxation theory. Frank Ramsey (1903-1930) is not only the extraordinary inside story of a young genius. Margaret Paul brings to life an age - the twenties, a decade of interwar angst, both Freudian and political and with it a roll call of exceptionally gifted men and women. The preoccupations of that time call out subtly to the world of today.

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Foreword by Brian McGuinness
Illustrations and acknowledgements

    • Chapter 1 Family: The Ramseys and Wilsons - Frank's father: Arthur Ramsey - Frank's mother: Agnes Wilson
    • Chapter 2 Childhood: Early years - Sandroyd Preparatory School
    • Chapter 3 Winchester: 'A first half is a beastly thing' - Friends and interests - The War
    • Chapter 4 Early ideas: Politics and religion
    • Chapter 5 Last term at school: New friends
    • Chapter 6 Trinity: the first year: Post-war Cambridge - New friends and influences - Journeys abroad
    • Chapter 7 The Apostles: Probability - Principia Ethica
    • Chapter 8 Year 2 at Trinity - the Tractatus: Ramsey and Wittgenstein
    • Chapter 9 Year 2 - probability: Ramsey and Keynes
    • Chapter 10 Final undergraduate year: Anxiety - love - growing reputation
    • Chapter 11 Postgraduate relationships: Wittgenstein - Margaret Pyke - Russell
    • Chapter 12 Frank in Vienna: Freud and psychoanalysis
    • Chapter 13 Fellow of King's: Psychoanalysis continues - 'The Foundations of Mathematics' - Lettice Baker
    • Chapter 14 Lettice: How they met - Marriage
    • Chapter 15 First year of marriage: Too much teaching at King's - Married life - His brother Michael - How Frank appeared to his friends
    • Chapter 16 An eventful year (1926-27): Birth of first child - Death of mother - In love with Elizabeth Denby - 'A Contribution to the Theory of Taxation'
    • Chapter 17 Ramsey and economics: The women in his life - His contribution to economics - The Keynes-Ramsey rule
    • Chapter 18 Death of a genius: January 1930

Afterword Memories of the author Margaret Paul by Gabriele Taylor
Appendix 1 Obituaries [by Richard Braithwaite and by J. M. Keynes]
Appendix 2 The Author's reminiscences of the Wittgenstein family
End Notes

'Illustrations and acknowledgements' のページで、Frank Ramsey やその家族、Frank の妻、および本書伝記著者 Margaret Paul さんの写真が2ページ分、載っています。(扉のページにも Frank の写真があります。表紙と同じ写真です。)



  • John von Neumann  ''The Mathematician,'' in his Collected Works, vol. 1,
  • Kurt Gödel  ''Some Basic Theorems on the Foundations of Mathematics and Their Implications,'' in his Collected Works, vol. III,
  • Alan Turing  ''Computing Machinery and Intelligence,'' in: Mind, no. 236,


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