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  • BBC Focus Magazine Review
    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 shows

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexa1f3.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=242:bbc-focus-magazine-review&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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  • The NS Recommends
    Bloomsbury 16 99 is a startlingly successful attempt to do the same using pen and ink Taking as their point of departure the idea that Bertrand Russell was a hero in search of great goals just like Superman Doxiadis and Papadimitriou search for the basis of his theories in his childhood and his love affairs With an ingenious meta narrative the authors make regular appearances throughout to express reservations about

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexda24.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=260:the-ns-recommends&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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  • NPR's Science Friday
    Friday Written by Ira Flatow NPR s SCIENCE FRIDAY Friday 13 November 2009 00 00 Apostolos was on NPR s Science Friday with Ira Flatow talking about Logicomix on Friday November 13 Click here to listen Back Logicomix Print 2008

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexce42.html?Itemid=59&catid=42:multimedia&id=340:logicomix-on-nprs-science-friday&option=com_content&view=article (2016-05-01)
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  • Graphic Novel Explores Mathematics
    driven at least partly by personal demons He was raised by a rigid grandmother and early on learned of a strain of insanity in his family Logicomix s writers know their stuff Novelist Apostolos Doxiadis has a strong mathematics background His Uncle Petros and Goldbach s Conjecture merges fiction and math Co author Christos H Papadimitriou is a professor of computer science at UC Berkeley and author of Turing A Novel About Computation Both men along with Logicomix s two artists appear in the book with Papadimitriou taking on the role of kibitzer challenging his co writer on matters of both form and content We thought it would be a funny way to bring out some of the contradictions in the story Papadimitriou says Among the topics the authors argue about are the book s theme of logic from madness A startling number of those involved in the quest became unhinged like Georg Cantor and Gottlob Frege The book doesn t offer a definitive answer Papadimitriou says but it s a fact you can t ignore Maybe five of the 10 greatest logicians of that era ended up psychotic and the rest had brushes with insanity Bertrand Russell who was a paragon of sanity lived all his life in fear of madness He had a schizophrenic son Mathematician David Hilbert had a schizophrenic son It makes the story very tragic But it also provides the force that propels Russell and in some sense the book itself In the book the Papadimitriou character wonders about the choice of the graphic novel format The real Papadimitriou says That was not my idea to do a comic book I was not into this stuff I had read Maus but that s about it When the authors began working on the book eight years

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexc34a.html?Itemid=59&catid=34:articles&id=325:graphic-novel-explores-mathematics&option=com_content&view=article (2016-05-01)
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  • Greek "maths" comic is surprise international bestseller
    By the very nature of his career and the timeline of his life he saw more and participated in more of the story than anyone else And secondly he was the only one of these characters who was not a mega nerd Doxiadis told AFP He was a political activist a womaniser traveller adventurer great talker a wit and a dandy Born into a liberal aristocratic English family and the grandson of a former British prime minister Russell is considered one of the 20th century s most important philosophers He was also an early advocate of sexual freedom He was jailed for pacifism during World War I and later campaigned against nuclear proliferation and the Vietnam War Crafting the unlikely novel about him took seven years from discussions between the creators to five years of feverish scripting drawing inking and colouring It was a super marathon Doxiadis said Like many other cartoon books the album was pieced together like a movie with wall to wall story boards and Doxiadis who has a film making background acting out the characters Artists Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna spent three weeks travelling to locations cited in the novel from Cambridge where Russell studied to London Paris Vienna and the sanatorium in Halle Germany where one of his heroes mathematician Georg Cantor spent the last months of his life Madness plays a prominent part in the novel and not by accident In this particular branch of mathematics mathematical logic there was a very very high incidence of serious mental illness That was something we found particularly interesting the author said Originally published in Greek in the fall of 2008 Logicomix enjoyed a successful run at home But its authors were unprepared for the reception in the United States and Britain where it sold

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index4e23.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=289:greek-qmathsq-comic-is-surprise-international-bestseller&catid=34:articles&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth (with a connection in Frankfurt)
    Bertie discovered the family secret that madness had taken his father s life and disabled his uncle So when he learned geometry constructed proof by proof upon common sense and reason BERTRAND embraced logic and science as tools to not only understand the world but to preserve his own sanity Bertrand Russell s Epic Search for Truth Russell studies mathematics at Cambridge University and proceeds to seek out the great minds of his time to find some articulation and validation of the basic tenets underlying mathematics Russell overcomes his shyness to engage the greatest professors of his time with his questions a thrill I remember well from studying the Sacks Theorem of recursion theory from Professor Sacks himself Russell s travels take him to Germany just 10 minutes before my Lufthansa pilot announces our imminent arrival in Frankfurt where I ll make my connection to San Francisco Russell s account of those days in Germany evokes that nation s unique capacity for both logic and madness There he meets his future best friend housemate and collaborator Alfred Whitehead who had created the first formal system for algebra He meets Gottlob Frege who had founded modern logic studies by introducing the concept of Boolean variables though eventually Frege becomes paranoid and as early as 1925 starts ranting about a Final Solution for the Jewish problem Finally RUSSELL meets Georg Cantor inventor of Set Theory who was already then losing his mind The interplay of logic and madness is a recurring theme of LogiComix as Russell struggles to stave off madness himself with only partial success as readers will learn Another recurring theme of the story is Russell s failures at love as he depends solely on logic to master courtship marriage and child rearing even as everyone around him succumbs to irrationality His memoirs humble and candid recount his nerdy fumbles followed by his inconsiderate prioritization of work over family That reminds me I ll use my layover in Frankfurt to call my family Today is the kids first day of school and they should know how proud I am As Russell strives to formalize the logic behind math he gravitates toward set theory until he himself has an epiphany now known as Russell s Paradox which can be simplified to this question Does the catalog of all books and book reviews that do NOT exhibit self reference include itself in the listing Either answer leads to a logic contradiction Russell s Paradox deflates everyone who has been working on Set Theory RUSSELL was surprised that Cantor himself takes the paradox as a sign from God As Russell embarks on his epic search for truth he continues to engage the greatest minds of the century but along the way he must navigate wars women enticing but difficult and the madness that often accompanies logical genius At one point he mentors the young Ludwig Wittgenstein the renowned philosopher and father of cognitive psychology Ultimately poor mental health ravages Wittgenstein s family and

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index0c41.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=236:logicomix-an-epic-search-for-truth-with-a-connection-in-frankfurt&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Ian Rankin Joins Graphic Novel Brigade (Dark Entries, Logicomix, Stitches)
    radiologist This is a comic but again not as we know it The book is says the Los Angeles Times great art It is also yet another example of the ever expanding scope of the graphic book and its persistent demand to be taken more seriously Stitches Dark Entries and Logicomix ask a question that makes graphic novel fans clutch their heads is this a serious literary art form They clutch their heads because the question comes up with depressing regularity The world of graphic novels goes its own sweet way then periodically people like me come along and start asking the question again It is a good question though because this is still a live issue The conservative American Council of Trustees and Alumni founded by Lynne Cheney the wife of the former vice president Dick Cheney recently published an outline of what should be taught at American colleges and universities The literary course specifically excluded not only the lyrics of Bob Dylan are they mad but the graphic novel In response the venerable literary critic Stanley Fish asked Why should trustees and alumni have a say in determining whether the graphic novel a multimedia art that goes back at least as far as William Blake deserves to represent literature For the record I think it does Actually it is an art that goes back further than Blake to at least Hogarth if not 20 000 years to the palaeolithic cave paintings at Lascaux Pictures that tell a story are one of the primary ways human beings try to make sense of life In our time they were born with the foundation of DC and Marvel comics in America in the 1930s the success of bandes dessinées think Tintin in France and Belgium from the 1920s onwards and the enormous popularity of manga a post war comic form in Japan Yet in the Cheney Fish context the graphic book is clearly caught in the political crossfire On one side are the baby boomer liberals who see comics rock music the whole panorama of mass culture as legitimate objects of study and appraisal on the other are the ranks formed by the anti 1960s anti boomer backlash that coalesced around the Reagan Thatcher ascendancy The latter want a back to basics back to classics programme that in literature would be centred on a fixed canon of great books The anti boomers are not wrong solid reading of sturdy books is indeed at a low ebb in both Britain and America but they may be missing two big points The first is that as Clive James put it to me you have to follow the creativity As long as meaningful critical standards are applied it is absurd to insist that high art be restricted to certain fixed forms to do so would have eliminated cinema and The Simpsons from serious study Following the creativity means no more than letting art lead the way The second point is that graphic books are

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexe39a.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=251:ian-rankin-joins-graphic-novel-brigade&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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    e mail has been sent to your e mail address The e mail contains a verification token please paste the token in the field below to prove that you are the owner of this account Token Submit Logicomix Print 2008

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