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

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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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Margaret Ramsey was 12 years old when her brother Frank died. Their younger brother Michael was to become Arch Bishop of Canterbury In an interview for the Financial Times in 1992 Margaret explained how the memory of her brother Frank had greatly influenced and shaped her life. It was probably because of him that rather than reading English at Cambridge she at the last moment changed her mind and opted for philosophy and later economics. After marrying a fellow academic Margaret Paul was fully engaged as a Fellow and Tutor in Economics at St Margaret Hall Oxford until her retirement in 1983 when Frank Ramsey was research and written . She died in 2003.

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