on January 31, 2010
Logicomix was my first full-length graphic novel and I can't be more pleased with my choice. The illustration and colour are excellent, the story is exciting and dramatic and really pulls you in. The book is self-referential, which was a fun and helpful feature: at the beginning and several times throughout the book, the authors appear to both tell the story of the writing of the book and to give background information that helps the reader understand math, logic, and philosophy a little better. It is definitely accessible to the average reader. As the author, in the novel, points out, this is a graphic novel about the characters and their passions, not a book about logic. I am hoping for a sequel (on Alan Turing?)
on January 5, 2010
This is a book about mathematical thinking and "common sense" thinking. It is intellectually stimulating. Using as a pretext Bertrand Russel's life, it takes the reader on a fascinating trip through the struggle the mathematicians had to place math on "solid", "rigurous" ground. It is a sort of quest for the Holly Grail in which the journey matters way more than the destination. Its ending is the climax of the book and it makes one think long after one finishes the book. If you are into intellectual pleasures, don't miss this book.
on November 4, 2009
The brilliant exposition of this graphic novel combines with cheeky self-referential... references to create a hugely enjoyable book.
Whether or not you can entirely get used to the senior Bertie Russell never being entirely capable of opening his mouth from that characteristic frown, you are nonetheless compelled by the narrative of his journey into the heady lands of logic. Of course, the book takes (admitted) liberties in terms of the story, and the concepts of logic introduced take a background to the characters themselves, but what is left is a still-enthralling story that carries the reader through even the slightly-weak ending. The ever-present stern and collected Russell is an impressive voice of reason to the bounding passions of Wittgenstein, the upright eccentricities of Frege, the cool confidence of Gödel, and the dry musings of Whitehead. The Hilbert/Poincaré battle is also entertainingly fleshed-out.
Those interested in the life of one of the great philosopher-mathematician-logicians of the early 20th century should definitely consider this stylishly illustrated and thoughtfully written work. Those interested in graphic novels equally ought enjoy this cerebral excursion into the search for reason's principles. Highly readable, and well worth it, Logicomix is one of the better graphic novels I've read.