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on 28 September 2017
A remarkably erudite account of work on the logical foundations of mathematics and its ramifications for fields, concepts and events that were central to the history of the twentieth century and which continue their impressive legacy through their influence on perhaps the most consequential body of ideas of all time: artificial intelligence.
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on 17 April 2017
An extraordinary graphic novel to understand modern philosophy. A great idea and a very pleasant reading.
A must have.
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on 10 March 2013
A most unusual and absorbing graphic novel, I liked the format very much and learnt a lot about Bertrand Russell .
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on 14 October 2009
This is an astonishing book, an absolute gem. It kept me captivated from beginning to end, and reawoke a long dormant fascination with matters philosophical. A work of genius that will be enjoyed by anyone with an open mind (no prior knowledge of maths or philosophy required).
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on 5 October 2009
I just finished reading Logicomix. At first, I was rather skeptical about whether a comic book would do justice to covering the life of Bertrand Russell and his contemporaries (including Alfred North Whitehead, Georg Cantor, Gottlob Frege, David Hilbert, Kurt Godel, Ludwig Wittgenstein, et al.) as they sought to discover more rigorous foundations for mathematics via logic -- their epic search for truth. I'm happy to report that this comic book does an excellent job of doing that and more. The two main co-authors of this book are from maths related backgrounds and they have largely succeeded in their goal of making accessible Bertrand Russell's (and others' -- particularly Wittgenstein's) life-long goal of discovering they key to attaining unshakeable knowledge of 'truths' fundamental to the workings of the universe. That they failed (thanks to Kurt Godel and Alan Turing and, to some extent, Russell and Wittgenstein themselves) in their quest -- which the book points out -- is nothing to be ashamed of since -- as the Greek authors of the book may point out (drawing upon Aristotle) -- the journey toward knowledge is rewarding in it of itself. It's also worth noting that the 'failure' of their original goals actually gave birth to the creation of an important and wholly new field of endeavor: computer science.

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.

After reading the entire book in one sitting on a Sunday evening, I can say that one of the few things I can be certain of is that everyone who takes the time to read/look over this carefully crafted -- including graphically, in the choice of words, and the thoughts and planning put into it -- will enjoy it as much as I did.
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on 20 October 2009
I read it in just 2 days. Great work has gone into this comic which brings mathematics at the forefront with the most exciting way. Even if you're not into mathematics or philosophy you will certainly find it very interesting. The great thing is that one can be introduced into the basics of 20th century philosophy quite neatly and more importnantly in an understandable way. Definitely recommend this book to anyone!
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on 26 January 2013
Ever feel nostalgic for the comics of your youth, but when sampling them again you find them simple-minded and boring? If so, this could be the comic for you.

Essentially it's a biography of Bertrand Russell. We are introduced to some of his ideas but not in much depth. If you know a little of them before you start you'll probably know the same when you finish; if you know nothing of them this will hopefully inspire you to learn more. One nice feature is the appendix, which contains an encyclopaedia of background information.

The real fun comes from seeing Bertie and his pals, notably Wittgenstein, brought vibrantly to life and their work placed in historical context. The pictures are clean, charming and cinematic. Bertie himself is given a rather gentle ride, coming across as a nicer man than I've seen portrayed elsewhere.

One oddity: for a book concerning truth strangle liberties are taken with historical fact. The omission of Bertie's brother, who introduced him to Euclid, seems particularly weird. Still, at least these discrepancies are listed in the appendix.
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on 16 October 2009
Who could have expected this jewel?

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!
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on 21 May 2011
A perfect blending of ideas and graphic story-telling. A fictionalised biography of Bertrand Russell, it manages to embrace the thinking of most C20th mathematical and philosophical giants - Russell, Whitehead, Hibbert, Cantor, Wittgenstein, Godel, right up to Turing - inside a compelling argument. Rather brilliantly, the creators of the book use narrative and design tropes to present as well as explain the big ideas, ultimately leaving some important questions unanswered - which is rather the point. Challenging, nourishing, entertaining.
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on 30 October 2009
This book breaks new ground for the graphic novel. It's so refreshing to see this sort of material presented in such a fresh and fun way. I loved it from beginning to end and if you've struggled with the concepts dealt with by this work then by the time you've read it all the lights will be on!
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