Contrary to parental expectations as to his frailty, young Alfred North thrived in school.
This was to be the first of a multi-volume work in which Whitehead sought to derive mathematical principles and premises from formal logic.
His grandfather, Thomas, served as headmaster at Ramsgate, a local private school, and his father, Alfred, succeeded him in that position.
Alfred was ordained in 1860 as an Anglican priest, and quickly rose to prominence in the local church.
At Cambridge, Whitehead's formal studies were quite focused.
He writes that "during my whole undergraduate period at Trinity, all my lectures were on mathematics, pure and applied. But the lectures were only one side of the education" (Whitehead 1947, 7).