> Second, Russell himself in his autobiography wrote about his >excitement when he was first given a copy of Euclid, and how it >absorbed his attention and enthusiasm. Can anyone provide the >reference to that? It's certainly more relevant to young people's >learning.
At the age of eleven, I began Euclid, with my brother as my tutor. This was one of the great events of my life, as dazzling as first love. I had not imagined there was anything so delicious in the world. From that moment until I was thirty-eight, mathematics was my chief interest and my chief source of happiness. The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell.