Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth Paperback – 7 Sep 2009
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`A compelling read ... There are some terrific characters here, and seeing them in a comic shows off their quirky personalities' --BBC Focus Magazine
`Logicomix exposes the roots of Russell's need for certainty- a troubled childhood, what else? - and tracks the collateral damage it caused in his and his loved ones' lives. The book is a visual treat as well ... The authors themselves debate questions that may be a breeze compared with the ones Russell wrestled with, but they are still far from easy. Logicomix is a wonderfully persuasive answer'
This is probably the best and certainly the most extraordinary graphic novel I have ever come across. -- Sunday Times
About the Author
Admitted to Columbia University when he was 15, Apostolos Doxiadis has studied mathematics at both undergraduate and graduate level. An internationally recognised expert on the subjects of mathematics and narrative, he has also worked in film and theatre, and is the author of the international bestseller Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture.
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A comic book about Mathematical Logic
Created by Greek Mathematicians and artists
Structured around the life of Bertrand Russell
Starring characters include Wittgenstein, Hilbert, Peano, Cantor
Explains logic in a non-patronising, lightweight, clear way (so hard to do) - you do not need to be a specialist to understand this
Witty, flippant, and human story full of self-references to the authors
The commercial success of this book demonstrates the powerful demand for clear explanation of Science. Science does not need to be dumbed down a la BBC Science, presented by dingbats who know not of what they speak (to paraphrase Wittgenstein).
Congratulations to the authors - lets have more!
Please don't let my egg-headed, solemn-toned praise of this book put you off if you feel intimidated by logic, philosophy, or maths. This is one of those rare books that will give anyone -- regardless of the background knowledge one may or may not bring to it -- the sense of having been intellectually enriched and smarter after reading it.Read more ›
It's mighty successful!
There's poetic license here, a lot of interpretation, a fair amount of vanity (I once went to a lecture where Doxiadis spoke and he's a lot thinner in "Logicomix" than in real life) but the bottom line is that the book is vastly entertaining, highly instructive and paints a deep, complex portrait of Bertrand Russell, takes you though his relationships with the mathematicians and logicians he worked with, including Frege, Whitehead, Wittgenstein and Godel and as an added bonus teaches you a fair amount of logic.
It's easy to complain that it's not complete, or that it's not fully accurate etc. but IT'S A COMIC BOOK for crying out loud. If you want more there are libraries out there.
I guess the ultimate measure of the book's success will be if I find it in me to schlep over to Imperial and take out a couple books on logic...
I must confess that I was disappointed when I received the book and saw that it was in a format of "comics" to which I am entirely unaccustomed and find it inappropriate and depthless to tackle such a serious project. It took me quite sometime and more than fifty plus pages through it to begin to enjoy it and even get excited by it.
One reason I suppose the authors used this format is that there are numerous books already on this subject starting with the "classic" by Douglas Hofstadter " Godel, Escher, Bach".
As the narrative progresses, the affinity of "set theory" to metaphyscs (Erret Bishop called it "God's Mathematics") becomes more and more obvious) and its consequent effect on its students-many of whom became either mad, depressed or committed suicide- is one of the most successful aspects of the book. As the authors state: "Put a man on the brink of the abyss and-in the unlike event that he doesn't fall into it- he will become either a mystic or a madman". I found inadequate the description of Wittgenstein's change between the "Tractacus" and the "Philosopical Investigations" but the overall narrative flowed naturally to the final message which is that the human journey for truth will always be incomplete and fated to remain forever uncharted.
The pictures are generally good, some pieces of the text are very clever (although some are superfluous and/or flat) but at the end of its reading the book was very satisfying and enjoyable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty interesting, especially the way they mix the discussion among the creators of the book with the main story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Let me just start by saying that I wish comic books could get wider acceptance from the literary establishment even when they don't tackle "serious" subjects. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Morris
I came to this book never having read a graphic novel and with little knowledge or interest in Russell or the branch of mathematics and logic described in the book (I have a degree... Read morePublished 10 months ago by CJ
An intelligent presentation of maths and philosophy otherwise difficult to comprehend... for most young people...Published 11 months ago by P. Baziotopoulos