Frank Ramsey: Cambridge’s unknown genius

06 October 2020

Frank Ramsey was a Cambridge student. Born in 1903, he died of natural causes just before his 27th birthday. In his short life he not only made contributions to mathematics, economics, decision theory, philosophy and logic, but contributions so groundbreaking that his name attaches to them: Ramsey theory in mathematics, Ramsey sentences in logic and philosophy of science, Ramsey savings theory in economics. He mixed with all of the Cambridge greats of his time: Maynard Keynes, Moore, Russell, Wittgenstein, and the mathematicians G. H. Hardy and John Littlewood. In my talk I will introduce all this, and try to explain something of his work, and how important it was.


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Professor Simon Blackburn, University of Cambridge
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