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  • Big ideas, bright colors
    catch glimpses of philosophical luminaries like Gödel and Wittgenstein and of the madness to which so many of the discipline s great thinkers succumbed and which Russell himself feared all his life A clever framing story set in Athens and starring the authors themselves clarifies the more complicated ideas for the lay reader as the writers helpfully explain the philosophical issues to their bewildered artists Stepping back into the book

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  • Miami Herald: Short review
    Tuesday 27 October 2009 07 47 This amazing and rewarding book presents a portrait of Bertrand Russell of all people and his quest for meaning in logic and romance The book s creative team also appears as characters in their resonant and interesting evocation using of the graphic format in an imaginative and engaging way Richard Pachter is The Miami Herald s Business Monday books columnist Read on The Miami

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  • Excerpt from September Diary - LOGICOMIX review
    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 taste

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  • Library Journal Starred Review
    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 starred

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  • Best Books of 2009
    explores censorship in Iran in the midst of a unique and heart warming love story Mandanipour s main characters struggle to begin a relationship in the midst of literary and love censorship a conflict literally written into the novel 2 Upgraded to Serious by Heather McHugh Not a poet for the super casual consumer of verse Heather McHugh has become even less so in her newest collection Her poems are playful and enjoyable to read but chock full of material and often difficult to wade through With a new preoccupation with death Upgraded to Serious is even more intimidating yet still fun 3 The Good Soldiers by David Finkel Finkel s work tells the story of young soldiers in Iraq during the height of the surge The author s political bias comes through in some of the more reflective moments but the book is mostly a heart wrenching account of young men living as best as they can through a terrifying situation 4 Chronic City by Jonathan Lethem New York City chronicler Jonathan Lethem returns to his favorite venue in his eighth novel N Y C yet one presented as an alternative reality The re imagined quirks of the city

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  • Bertrand Russell framed in the investigation of proof
    say to illustrate the concept proof Such self reference is at the heart of the story from Russell s despair at the paradox that halted his effort to put mathematics on a rigorous footing to Kurt Gödel s incompleteness theorems nailing down that project s coffin Logicomix grippingly recounts the turmoil of the 20th century logical world As Russell searches for certainties we ask with him does formal logic drive

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  • Brawny Brains
    There seems to be a new definition which certainly doesn t include Rutherford or Eddington or Dirac or Adrian or me It does seem rather odd don t y know In seeking to reconcile these two cultures talking so ardently past each other I can offer no more powerful tonic than Logicomix a graphic novel devoted at its heart to telling the story of Bertrand Russell s quest for the foundations of mathematics and by extension the bedrock of all rational thought For a graphic novel in fact for any expositional form its ambit is breathtaking No thinking person could leave this book without recognizing the ineluctable connections between arithmetic and the humanities Here we find a veritable murderers row of philosophical and scientific inquirers and inquiry in that sense I posit math in her rightful place as the queen of the sciences Giants such as Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege G E Moore Georg Cantor Ludwig Wittgenstein Jules Poincaré John Von Neumann Alfred North Whitehead Kurt Gödel and most especially Bertrand Russell march through its pages making complex arguments and living outsized even heroic lives at the centre of the great debates and events of the 20th century We watch as Wittgenstein butts heads with Russell over the central question of the independent existence of a mathematical reality In narrative boxes on a single panel we read Wittgenstein barged into my rooms at 3 a m one night in extreme agony about some fine logical point I warned him that he should beware the way he was driving himself he could well go insane But he said We see Wittgenstein his arms waving excitedly over his head God prevent me from sanity to which Russell responds in a cloud like thought bubble a pipe hanging languidly from his mouth God

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  • Guardian Review: Logicomix
    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 way

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