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    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index28e0.html?option=com_content&view=article&catid=42:multimedia&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Humanity, Glorious and Vile
    Gottfried Leibniz and Alfred North Whitehead Heady stuff especially for the math challenged But the authors of this warm homage achieve the miraculous popularizing the abstruse by way of vivid vigorous coloring a sweet engaging subplot about their crafting of the book and the humanizing of these mighty thinkers Many of these geniuses were flawed including the largely sympathetic Russell but Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou effectively contextualize them making

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index0a68.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=383:humanity-glorious-and-vile&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Guardian Review: Logicomix
    is known as Russell s paradox imagine there is a town with one barber and where the law states that everyone who doesn t shave himself is shaved by the barber Who shaves the barber If he doesn t shave himself he shaves himself and if he shaves himself he doesn t shave himself We are led into a contradiction Russell came up with the paradox in 1901 While most of us might find it an amusing quirk of language its effect on the philosophy of mathematics was devastating Contradiction is a fatal bullet wound for any logical system and it seemed to kill off hope for a watertight logical foundation for arithmetic Indeed the Principia was Russell s attempt to repair the damage he had inflicted on his own dream The lesson of Russell s paradox is that logicians need to be careful to avoid self reference which is a rule that doesn t apply for example to the authors of graphic novels Logicomix embraces self reference Both Doxiadis and Papadimitriou appear in the book as themselves writing a book about Russell and Russell appears in the book giving a lecture at an American university in September 1939 and chronicling his foundational quest with flashbacks to his youth The device could be confusing or irritating but it actually helps the flow by giving three levels of narrative to let the philosophy sink in The colour illustrations are also beautifully done Logicomix is a novel rather than a biography since dates and events have been moved around to let Russell interact with contemporaneous figures he never met but whose ideas influenced his theories He travels for example to Germany to meet the logician Gottlob Frege and the founder of set theory Georg Cantor languishing in a mental institution On his

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexd89b.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=263:guardian-review-logicomix&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Review in Comics Reporter
    structure of molecular biology of cellular biology and the consequences of such scientific discovery to medicine criminology and historical inquiry The slender volume feels rich with information and I felt a smarter for reading it and I m certain that anyone who like me hasn t been in a biology or chemistry classroom for let s say 25 years will feel likewise Such a Hard Subject for Dummies approach is one that Logicomix rejects out of hand and the character Doxiadis represents in the comic s pages admonishes his readers that his story will succeed or fail only insofar as it does or does not constitute a good story That said he nevertheless recruits Professor Christos Papadimitriou who teaches theoretical mathematics at Berkeley to as he says make certain that his story of the development of analytic philosophy does not go technically astray More importantly he incorporates his encounters with the mathematician into the very fabric of the story which begins as the artists Doxiadis himself the illustrator Alecos Papadatos the colorist Annie Di Donna and the researcher and letterer Anne Bardy make their case for their comic to Christos The narrative frame in this way is complex weaving together the contemporary story of the comics creation the story of Bertrand Russell s lecture to an audience of pacifists protesting the United States entry into World War II and at the core the bildungsroman of Russell s quest towards and away from logical certitude Despite Doxiadis s exhortation that we take his novel as fiction neither as a primer on logic nor as a real biography of Russell one pleasure of the book is that it explicates its difficult subject matter so well Rarely for example have I encountered such a cogent explication of early Wittgenstein That said the novel also succeeds in precisely the terms the authors mandate it is a darn good story Like Professor Papadimitriou who midway through the book challenges his co author s investment in the logic and madness theme I too was not as captivated by this particular leitmotif which seemed a bit too much of a caricature in this nuanced novel nor did the didactic statement of theme seem necessary But this was a minor blemish in an otherwise spotless tale about the desire for absolute certitude as it reveals itself in this seminal moment in intellectual history The art with its clean line style and gorgeous saturated colors somehow seems to capture the novel s implicit assessment that illustration be it pictorial linguistic symbolic or logical can only ever be a map of the real even as it also keeps us firmly grounded in a realistic portrait of both turn of the 20th century Europe and the 21st century composition of the book itself All of which is to say if the book tries to map the ambiguous space between Russell s ambitions for logical certitude and his recognition of the logical necessity of unanswerable questions then Logicomix s visual style captures

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index51d0.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=136:gutter-geek&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • BBC Focus Magazine Review
    called true This graphic novel won t give you the answer but makes for a compelling read Logicomix is based on the life of Bertrand Russell who spent years trying to find a mathematical language that could objectively describe the world His search for logic and truth became an obsession that negatively impacted on Russell s personal life There are some terrific characters here and seeing them in a comic

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index408b.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=242:bbc-focus-magazine-review&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • NYT Arts Beat Blog on Graphic Books Best Seller List
    An Epic Search for Truth which chronicles the philosopher Bertrand Russell s journey to establish the logical foundations of mathematics The book is No 1 on our softcover list this week it was reviewed by Jim Holt in The New York Times Book Review on Sept 25 and was an Editor s Choice on Oct 4 The official Web site for the book logicomix com includes a preview and a

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index50b7.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=291:nyt-arts-beat-blog-on-graphic-books-best-seller-list&catid=34:articles&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Bertrand Russell's mathematical quest adds up to unlikely graphic novel hit
    the brainchild of maths expert and novelist Apostolos Doxiadis who was admitted to Columbia University at the tender age of 15 Covering a span of 60 years it tells the story of Russell s life taking in his childhood brought up by his grandparents after he was orphaned aged four his four marriages the writing of his great work Principia Mathematica his rivalry with Ludwig Wittgenstein and his quest for nuclear disarmament in the last decades of his life Peopled with his contemporaries Alfred North Whitehead with whom he co authored Principia Kurt Gödel David Hilbert Ludwig Wittgenstein it charts the quest for knowledge that Russell described in his autobiography I have wished to understand the hearts of man I have wished to know why the stars shine And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux A little of this but not much I have achieved Doxiadis the author of the novel Uncle Petros and Goldbach s Conjecture co wrote Logicomix with Christos Papadimitriou a computer scientist and novelist The artwork was produced by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna It will be published by Bloomsbury in September the first adult graphic novel that Bloomsbury has published We have really high hopes for it said spokesperson Jude Drake It s been on the bestseller lists for five months in Greece It s so accessible even though it s about logic and maths It s not preachy and it s not technical you fly through it With publishers around the world from China to Turkey Israel to Italy lining up to publish Logicomix it has already won praise from authors and mathematicians The lives of ideas and those who think them can be as dramatic and unpredictable as any superhero fantasy What

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexa2fc.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=184:bertrand-russells-mathematical-quest-adds-up-to-unlikely-graphic-novel-hit&catid=34:articles&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • LOGICOMIX - Homepage
    Frankfurt Book Fair Apostolos will give the Dabis Lecture at Royal Holloway 3 March 2011 Apostolos will speak at Blackwell s Bookshop in Oxford 6 March 2011 What Logicomix does that few works in any medium do is make intellectual passion palpable NOTICES OF THE AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY LOGICOMIX is on boingboing s 2010 gift guide LOGICOMIX is short listed for the Palmares the Grand Prix of the Angouleme Festival

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