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  • Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
    images dialogue and narration play off each other Russell s story is framed within a speech he gave on the brink of America s entry into WWII in which he expounds his life and philosophical journey Russell s story is also framed by the creators working in Greece as they discuss and mold his life into a narrative structure One of the most prominent themes is the conflict and symbiosis

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  • Holiday Wish List: Philosophy and Madness Illustrated
    and their debates with the authors about how 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

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  • Logic Made Fun
    mathematician co author The subject of the book however is not really Russell it s difficult to see how anything but an old fashioned text biography could do justice to a life so long and so crammed with events contradictions and messes If you were to judge solely on the basis of Logicomics for example Russell s courtship of his first wife the American Quaker Alys Whitall Pearsall Smith resembled the wholesome bouncy romance of Archie and Veronica albeit with a side of Boolean logic Alys like the audience for the older Russell s lecture appears primarily as the reader s stand in Her budding relationship with Bertie provides the excuse for an undergraduate idyll in the Hampton Court hedge maze which turns out to be an excellent walkthrough demonstration of the forking paths of Boole s system of logical operations the basis of all digital information processing As a Cambridge student Russell heartily objected to the unproven assumptions and circular definitions that served as the basis of the mathematics of his time Philosophy his other passion similarly thwarted his desire for absolute certainty Russell s quest for the logical underpinnings of mathematics led him to spend 10 years collaborating with Alfred North Whitehead on Principia Mathematica which is famous for taking 362 pages to prove why 1 1 2 and according to Russell himself was read in its entirety by only one person the brilliant Austrian logician Kurt Godel Interspersed with episodes from Russell s life are discussions between Doxiadis and Papadimitriou as they meander through the charmingly rendered streets of Athens walking Dioxiadis mischievous dog Papadimitriou wants the comic to focus more on logic while Doxiadis is an advocate for the human drama in what he regards as a spiritual tragedy Later in Logicomix the modern day characters all attend a performance of Aeschylus tragedy The Eumenides a classic damned if you do don t story resolved by Athena the goddess of wisdom Why Doxiadis asks are so many great logicians afflicted by madness if not in themselves then in close relatives He sees the young Russell s hunger for foundational logic and reason as driven by a fear of uncertainty the roots of which lay in the secrets kept from him by his puritanical grandmother and the legacy of insanity that plagued his family To his distress the purely rational absolutism he sought evaded him Although the authors don t belabor the point the clash between a belief in intuited truth and a strict reliance on methodical deduction lies close to the heart of the 20th century s great intellectual divide between continental and analytical philosophy Doxiadis regards Russell and his quest as doomed Russell himself characterized Principia Mathematica as a failure Russell s portion of the story ends with the conclusion of his lecture given in 1939 to an audience demanding that he come out as categorically against U S intervention in World War II Historically the philosopher served time in prison for pacifist activism against

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  • Logicomix Bookgasm Review
    mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell best known as one of the premier logicians of the 20th century and co author of the groundbreaking text PRINCIPA MATHEMATICA Via his appearance at a university lecture as a framing device Russell tells his own story about his quest for absolute truth in mathematics If it can t be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt it may as well be a lie How closely did he adhere to these principles He spent 362 pages to prove that 1 1 2 He helped revolutionize math by applying logic to it by approaching it in philosophical terms as much as in numbers Such a practice decades in the making and arguably never finished can t be undertaken without one s personal life taking a hit and the book doesn t fail to cover Russell s adulterous heart and neglect of family Still he comes across as no villain just a real human being with exceptional intellect and equal flaws That adjective of exceptional can be stuck on the book as well Doxiadis and Papadimitriou bravely insert themselves and the artists into their own story in a modern day framing device around Russell s own framing

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index3043.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=316:logicomix-bookgasm-review&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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  • San Francisco Chronicle Review
    gripping exploration not just of Bertrand Russell s long and eventful life orphan scholar renowned pacifist four time husband but also in accessible and fascinating fashion of the complex philosophical ideas that Russell struggled with often opposite a fiery Ludwig Wittgenstein The story is told by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H Papadimitriou the latter a professor of computer science at UC Berkeley Both writers also feature in the self referential

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index5261.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=287:san-francisco-chronicle-review&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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  • Math, Philosophy, Comics and Bertrand Russell’s Search for Truth
    beyond the comics audience to a general audience of readers Because of its dual release the book will have a significant first printing although Adams said the exact size of the printing has not been determined as yet Logicomix is a full color 336 page book 22 95 that also features a glossary of technical terms and prose annotations on all of the historical figures in the book There s a 10 city book tour that will focus on Universities in Boston Philadelphia Chicago Seattle and other towns and there s a website logicomix com that features media and background information on the writers the remarkable artist team of Papadatos and Di Donna as well as behind the scenes video on the making of the book Adams said Bloomsbury plans to make its first forays into the sometimes arcane world of comics conventions to promote the book and foreign rights have been sold to 9 countries among them France China Israel Holland and Turkey While the life of Bertrand Russell is the core narrative of Logicomix the book s focus is really on Russell s life work a passionate and ultimately futile attempt to establish a foundation for modern mathematics on clear and concretely stated logic Beginning in the early part of the 20 th century Russell and other prominent mathematicians sought to establish a set of rigorously conceived logical proofs that would eliminate the paradox and circular logic typical of mathematics of the era Logicomix is the story of that passionate search for philosophical truth and along the way documents both the efforts of Russell in particular the writing of his seminal book Principia Mathematica coauthored with Alfred North Whitehead and a long list of prominent turn of the century intellectuals who struggled with these questions in the pursuit of an unattainable intellectual dead certainty In fact Logicomix can be seen as a book about Russell s failure to achieve his goals even though his work laid the groundwork for mathematics and logic as we know them today While the book is the story of extremely smart men wrestling intellectually with profound abstractions Doxiadis Papadimitriou and the artists have managed to produce an exuberant historical yarn filled with antic portrayals of an impressive list historical figures men who either influenced Russell s thinking or argued passionately with him over their own conclusions and differences Indeed Logicomix ruminates on such figures as the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus and offers lively portrayals of the likes of such early 20th century intellectual figures as David Hilbert Kurt Godel Alfred North Whitehead and Ludwig Wittgenstein But besides all that Logicomix is an accessible general primer on basic mathematics reason and logic that will engage ordinary readers while it skillfully shows the connections between Russell s own search for intellectual certainty and the great moral questions of our time Not a bad day s work for a comic book Although written in collaboration with Papadimitriou a professor of computer science Doxiadis is the primary

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  • 2009's Best Comics and Graphic Novels
    Wednesday 09 December 2009 08 12 Bertrand Russell s struggle to reconcile philosophy and pacifism through the purity of numbers proves a surprisingly lively tale as told by writers Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H Papadimitriou in Logicomix Artist Alecos Papadatos uses changing fashions and technological updates to propel the English mathematician s bio from rigid Victorian upbringing through tortured personal relationships to his enduring humanistic legacy See the full list

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  • Propaganda’s Book Of 2009: If you read just one graphic novel that lays out the fundamental foundations of mathematical logic….
    sound a little dry Logicomix is anything but The ideas Russell was trying to expound are incredibly dense hugely technical and amazingly complex mathematical ones famously Russell and Whitehead took an incredible 362 pages 15 more than in this graphic novel to prove that 1 1 2 But never in Logicomix do the authors allow these incredibly complex ideas to get too far beyond the reader s grasp A moment that Russell himself describes as Think of that 362 pages to prove what every child knows A small glimpse into the obsessive nature of the field From Logicomix Published by Bloomsbury To keep us readers up to speed and involved the authors don t simply tell a tale of mathematics and logical thought instead they use not one but two simple framing devices to make the work accessible The first is Russell himself delivering a talk in America during 1939 as the debate on whether to enter the second World War or continue an isolationist policy rages This philosophical debate on the question of entering the war is a perfect backdrop to allow Russell to tell a tale of his life and the complicated ideas of mathematics logical thinking and philosophy that would become an obsession defining his life and tormenting his every moment The nature of his talk spinning out biographical facts philosophical questions and a detailed look at mathematics and logic along the way is laid out as a parable for the audience both in Russell s lecture and the audience reading this graphic novel The second framing device occurs between the chapters of Russell s life when the entire narrative is suspended and the creators of the graphic novel appear as themselves discussing the work in progress It s a simple but marvellously effective way to break up a complex and difficult story allowing the readers to catch their breath absorb all they ve read before and be gently guided by the creators of the story It s also functions as a simple method to incorporate the essentially self referential nature of much of mathematics by including themselves in their work discussing the work in progress the authors are as self referential as much of Russell s own work including his ground breaking and Logician breaking at the time of it s publication Russell s Paradox here beautifully illustrated with Russell s own parable of the Barber And who will shave the barber The essentials of Russell s Paradox laid out beautifully simply Such complex ideas so easily explained From Logicomix Published by Bloomsbury Of course Russell s ultimate goal to create an absolute fundamental foundation for mathematics and logic was forever to be an elusive obsessive dream The authors perfectly create the incredible sense of yearning in Russell s life for this impossible goal something that overwhelmed everything his marriages his children his very sanity all would come second to this impossible dream And it s all beautifully evocatively detailed in the pages of Logicomix But

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