Russell Belsaas Obituary, Death – Russell E. “Russ” Belsaas, who had spent his whole life in the Ellensburg area, passed away on May 17, 2023 at the age of 69. On the first Thursday in June 2023, at one o’clock in the afternoon, there will be a celebration of his life held at the McIntosh Ranch in Ellensburg. On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, the viewing for immediate relatives and close friends will take place at the Johnston & Williams Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
An exhaustive obituary will be published shortly. His unorthodox behavior during the First World War demonstrated a lack of balanced judgment, which rapidly contaminated his later writings. However, when he was younger, he did important work in the field of mathematical logic. However, this was overshadowed by his later writings. At the age of 18, he entered Trinity College, Cambridge, where he became 7th Wrangler in 1893 and a Fellow in 1895. It is possible that this is at least partially related to the fact that he did not benefit from the advantages of a public school education, but rather was instructed at home by private tutors until that age.
In the fifteen years that followed, he wrote the volumes that would establish his name in the academic community. These were The Foundations of Geometry, The Philosophy of Leibniz, The Principles of Mathematics, and Principia Mathematica (written in conjunction with Dr. A. N. Whitehead). Russell’s argumentation, as ingenious and clever as it is, ignores those higher considerations that transcend mere logic. The last work, which was of great importance in its day, doubtlessly owed much of its superiority to Dr. (subsequently Professor) Whitehead, a man who, as his subsequent writings showed, was possessed of that insight and spiritual depth so noticeably absent in Russell; for Russell’s argumentation, while ingenious and clever, ignored those higher considerations.