Logicomix: An epic search for truth Paperback – Sep 29 2009
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“This is an extraordinary graphic novel, wildly ambitious in daring to put into words and drawings the life and thought of one of the great philosophers of the last century, Bertrand Russell…A rare intellectual and artistic achievement, which will, I am sure, lead its readers to explore realms of knowledge they thought were forbidden to them.” ―Howard Zinn
“This magnificent book is about ideas, passions, madness, and the fierce struggle between well-defined principle and the larger good.” ―Barry Mazur, Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University, and author of Imagining Numbers (Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen)
“Logicomix is witty, engaging, stylish, visually stunning, and full of surprising sound effects, a masterpiece in a genre for which there is as yet no name.” ―Michael Harris, professor of mathematics at Université Paris 7 and member of the Institut Universitaire de France
About the Author
Admitted to Columbia University at age fifteen, novelist Apostolos Doxiadis studied mathematics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His international bestseller Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture spearheaded the impressive entrance of mathematics into the world of storytelling. Apart from his work in fiction, Apostolos has also worked in film and theater and is an internationally recognized expert on the relationship of mathematics to narrative. His Web site is www.apostolosdoxiadis.com
Christos H. Papadimitriou is C . Lester Hogan professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He was won numerous international awards for his pioneering work in computational complexity and algorithmic game theory. He has written the novel Turing: A Novel about Computation.
Alecos Papadatos has drawn and directed animated commercials, TV cartoon series and animated films. In 1997, he became a cartoonist for the major Athens daily "To Vima" and created commercial comic strips and comics. He lives in Athens with his wife, Annie Di Donna, and their two children.
Annie Di Donna studied graphic arts at the École Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, Grenoble, and painting at the École des Beaux Arts, Annecy. She has worked as animator in many productions of France Animation and Canal Plus, among them Babar and Tintin. Since 1991, she has been running an animation studio with her husband, Alecos Papadatos.
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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.