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  • Let's Get Logical: Logicomix Reviewed
    first World War at an American university on the eve of the second Confronted by hecklers he persuades them to come inside and listen to his lecture on the role of logic in human affairs He recounts his own life as an example his lonely childhood his failed marriages the pursuit of his intellectual dream and above all his unsatisfying encounters with the century s great logicians It is a brilliant way of approaching the story for it portrays Russell of all people confronting isolationists who object to engaging in the European war His own position is that Europe must be saved from being taken over by Hitler and Stalin but of course he cannot convince them by producing a clinching argument so he seeks to shift their sense of certainty by telling his story There is a further layer of reflectiveness on the book s themes Throughout the book the two co authors are shown debating with the two artists while creating Logicomix together in Athens At various points they disagree The co authors for instance argue over whether Russell s quest was a tragic failure or the prelude to triumphant progress Other grand themes such as an alleged link between logic and madness emerge as Russell visits logicians such as Gottlieb Frege who ended up writing rabid paranoid anti Semitic pamphlets and Georg Cantor who was repeatedly hospitalized and died in a mental asylum At the end of the story the book poses a striking parallel between Russell s story and the question of what lessons are to be drawn from the Greek tragedy the Oresteia on this point too the book s creators disagree The book s visual impact is vivid and immediate Characters and scenery are exceptionally well drawn initially in color but then in black

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexcfea.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=386:lets-get-logical-logicomix-reviewed&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • The Guardian Books Podcast: Adapting Coetzee's Disgrace, Petina Gappah and Apostolos Doxiadis
    s Disgrace Petina Gappah and Apostolos Doxiadis Written by Claire Armistead THE GUARDIAN Friday 04 December 2009 00 00 Apostolos talks with Claire Armistead as she explores the best brand new books on the market Click here to listen Logicomix

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index3fc9.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=357:the-guardian-books-podcast-adapting-coetzees-disgrace-petina-gappah-and-apostolos-doxiadis&catid=42:multimedia&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty
    help nurture young Greek minds deprived of mentoring in the public school system Doxiadis doesn t deny that much of his work represents self therapy His overarching ambition to join the pantheon of mathematicians from Euclid to Hilbert ended in ruins and he dropped out of Columbia after six years He describes writing Uncle Petros as a process of working out my own disappointment at not becoming a mathematician I realised after I wrote it that my trauma around having abandoned mathematics disappeared In face to face interviews the best questions often get the worst answers Doxiadis is something of an intellectual slot machine that always gives the questioner his money s worth When he speaks he thinks furrowing his brow and setting his gaze at a fixed point away from his interlocutor That gives him an angry and determined aspect but one also has a sense of his explosive intensity and the clawing ambition that led him to submit a mathematical thesis to Columbia when other fifteen year olds were content to turn sixteen In his transition from mathematics to writing Doxiadis has discovered how narrative and mathematical thinking are intimately related the subject of his next book Dismissing the dichotomy of numeracy and literacy as a Romantic conceit a reaction to the rational thought of the Enlightenment he sees mathematical thought as being grossly misunderstood Numbers are a tiny part of mathematics The essence of mathematical thinking which is a sort of methodology of getting from A to B is there in many things including storytelling he says One mathematical method is described by the ancients as a dog sniffing its way up one path discovering that the trail is not that way and returning to point A to take a different path That is a very elementary human strategy in many things spatial emotional cognitive social And it is really the structure of the most basic proof in ancient mathematics says Doxiadis As evidence that mathematicians are no less prone to the inspiration and intuition normally ascribed to artists Doxiadis cites their almost mystical belief which is often justified by experience that if it s beautiful it must also be true Mathematicians will try and find logical arguments for what is beautiful and not the other way around In other words the most rationalistic of creatures are just as seduced by what is intuitively attractive in an idea as poets or writers and focus on it Asked to explain beauty in that sense Doxiadis replies You could say that what is very packed truth is beautiful a nuclear bomb of truth It s not exactly how Keats would put it but it s clearly an argument for compression A product of the Greek school system and an autodidact in English Doxiadis is loath to criticise the public education that has found itself at the heart of the political debate for the past two decades It s easy to say Greek school is horrible and probably that s

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index490d.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=172:john-psaropoulos&catid=34:articles&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Library Journal Starred Review
    JOURNAL Thursday 02 July 2009 00 00 This brilliant graphic novel wraps academia s big ideas of Truth and Meaning into a story about the thinkers and their passions by turns fascinating and charming with deft color art Read the

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexa111.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=197:library-journal-gives-a-starred-review-to-logicomix&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • A Good Look at Logic
    s personal life was just as eventful Born into a prominent aristocratic family and orphaned at the age of three he was raised by his strict Victorian grandparents married four times and jailed in the First World War for his pacifist principles We see him as a lonely child finding comfort in the certainties of Euclid as a young man courting his first wife with the tales of Lewis Carroll and as a distinguished philosopher meeting some of the greatest minds of the 20th century This dramatic tale unfolds in classic comic book style punctuated by thought bubbles fantasy sequences and action noises Boom Crack Our hero is a lone ranger battling against impossible odds to reach his goal of absolute truth often despairing but never giving up Appropriately the book has a few philosophical tricks of its own It opens with its authors researchers and artists in cartoon form discussing the project with one another as they draw up storyboards in their studio They reappear throughout the book to comment on its progress This cartoon within a cartoon is a neat illustration of Russell s famous paradox of self reference and provides a running commentary on the story Russell is torn between two poles striving for reason sanity and peace against chaos madness and war The authors have their own dilemma to contend with we see them arguing over whether this is a human story about a man and his passions or about the developing science of logic Along the way we visit 1940s New York sunny present day Athens turn of the century Paris and the quads of Cambridge and meet Frege G E Moore Gödel and Wittgenstein Brilliantly sketched these intellectual giants endlessly debate and even brawl over the finer points of logic In the cartoon format

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index4cca.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=321:a-good-look-at-logic&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Apostolos Doxiadis giving the Dabis Lecture at Royal Holloway
    SCENES PRESS CONTACT Apostolos Doxiadis giving the Dabis Lecture at Royal Holloway Written by Christos Tuesday 08 March 2011 13 04 Click here to watch the video of the lecture Logicomix Print 2008 2009 nbsp Buy it Online Share designed

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexfb5a.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=467:apostolos-doxiadis-giving-the-dabis-lecture-at-royal-holloway&catid=42:multimedia&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Book Reviews: Logicomix
    divided Doxiadis a novelist with a training in mathematics takes his view from Russell himself who said repeatedly that his quest for certainty had been a failure The ten years he spent working on Principia Mathematica in which he presented a system of logic he hoped to use to demonstrate with absolute certainty the truths of mathematics he came to think had been a waste of time This is because under the influence of Wittgenstein he came to believe that the truths of mathematics were not as he had previously imagined them to be eternal verities concerning immutable abstract objects they were rather mere tautologies That two times two equals four is a truth on a par with the tautology that a four legged animal is an animal In the wake of this change of mind Russell lost interest in logic and turned his attention to other things e g politics psychology education raising a family and sex In 1931 the logician Kurt Gödel published an astonishing proof that what Russell had wanted to do construct a theory of logic from which every true mathematical statement could be derived cannot possibly be done Gödel s Incompleteness Theorem has attracted an enormous amount of attention and Logicomix makes much of it but in truth Russell showed little interest in it By the time it was published he had more or less lost interest in both logic and mathematics and he never even bothered to read Gödel s work Doxiadis it seems believes that Gödel effectively destroyed Russell s hopes for logic and that therefore the story of his quest for certainty should be seen as a tragedy His co author Papadimitriou a computer scientist believes that the story ends in triumph His odd and unconvincing reason for this is that the

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index1db2.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=261:book-reviews-logicomix&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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  • Excerpt from September Diary - LOGICOMIX review
    that roiled math from the 1890s to the 1930s All our favorites are here Cantor and Frege Hilbert and Turing Russell and Wittgenstein all imaginatively drawn in hundreds of colored frames The text is by Apostolos Doxiadis whose 1992 novel Uncle Petros and Goldbach s Conjecture I mentioned in my own Prime Obsession Apostolos himself gets drawn too The narrative has a self referential frame which while not to my

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index4290.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=262:excerpt-from-september-diary-logicomix-review&catid=35:reviews&Itemid=59 (2016-05-01)
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