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  • Graphic Novel Reporter Review
    a little too twee in points The creators four of them break into their own story quite often and while it might seem somewhat charming to break the fourth wall this way at first it gets old rather quickly Aside from that overused device though Logicomix is a rather thorough biography of Russell and several of the other greatest thinkers of the 20th century A quite long afterword called Logicomix and Reality explains all the places in which the book differs from the real world there are several but don t let that put you off The afterword is actually so long and thorough that it further informs the reader on a wider array of facts Terms and definitions are explored along with other great minds It s fascinating even if your head does start to spin after a while You don t have to be a mathematician or a logician to appreciate this book which was a big bestseller in Greece last year It begins in 1939 with Russell on his way to speak to a group of university students intercepted by war protestors who fully expect this man of peace to join their cause Russell surprises them and

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index1bdf.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=288:graphic-novel-reporter-review&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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  • A Labor of Love Completed
    Di Donna Doxiadis also created the scenario and translated the English version into Greek The story operates on several levels As bookends to the main narrative and interrupting it at intervals the creative team introduces the original concept of seeking the foundations of mathematics and argues over how to approach it Their encounters usually take place in their light filled studio or on walks in the historic center of Athens The team s search is revealed through the life of the British mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell Key scenes from his childhood and adult life which form the basis of the narrative are related by himself most of them as part of a public speech at the time of the Second World War on the role of logic in human affairs Protesters challenge Russell who had been imprisoned for his anti war views during WWI to defend what they see as his new pro war stance These scenes are portrayed for the most part in neutral shades of brown and gray The artists deploy the classic exaggeration of comic books to convey more dramatic scenes such as the nightmares of his childhood haunted by the prohibitions imposed by his severe grandmother and by alarming revelations about his family that feuled his fear of madness Love and the consolation of mathematics deliver him from those early constraints Shades of sable on the seashore accompany a rare moment of jubilation for young Bertie performing cartwheels on the sand Ecstasy was a new experience and a powerful antidote to any residue of fear reads the caption Yet the fear of madness lingers fostered by encounters with brilliant but deranged logicians Disappointment in his efforts to build a firm foundation for mathematics sparks a horrific dream in which he sees the entire edifice of

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index99b7.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=138:athens-plus-a-labor-of-love-completed-by-vivienne-nilan&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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  • Time Magazine: The Top 10 Everything List 2009
    subject as ostensibly lofty and abstruse as the life of Bertrand Russell one of the great logicians of the 20th century through the medium of the comic book Apostolos Doxiadis charming dialogue and Alecos Papadatos simple affecting drawings give the story an immediacy and approachability that nothing else could And what a story Russell was obsessed with grounding logic in immutable mathematical principles but the quest consumed his life and

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index94ce.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=361:time-magazine-the-top-10-everything-list-2009&catid=34:articles (2016-05-01)
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  • Humanity, Glorious and Vile
    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 this

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index1098.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=383:humanity-glorious-and-vile&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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  • Comics guru Paul Gravett, reporting on his best tips from around the globe, includes a short review of Logicomix.
    Paul Gravett reporting on his best tips from around the globe includes a short review of Logicomix Written by by Paul Gravett Friday 16 January 2009 15 30 Paul Gravett on Logicomix Back Prev Next Logicomix Print 2008 2009 nbsp

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/index17b5.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=137:comics-guru-paul-gravett-reporting-on-his-best-tips-from-around-the-globe-includes-a-short-review-of-logicomix-&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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  • The Times Christmas books: graphic novels
    only as a sidebar to the main story of the life of Bertrand Russell the man who wanted to secure the foundations of mathematics for once and for all While he counted himself a failure in this particular aim his collaborative work with A N Whitehead the Principia Mathematica created the platform for geniuses such as Wittgenstein Gödel John von Neumann and Turing who were to bring about epistemic breaks

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexf4be.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=359:the-times-christmas-books-graphic-novels&catid=34:articles (2016-05-01)
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  • Let's Get Logical: Logicomix Reviewed
    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 and

    Original URL path: http://www.logicomix.com/en/indexfe10.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=386:lets-get-logical-logicomix-reviewed&catid=35:reviews (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/index7447.html?option=com_content&view=article&id=136:gutter-geek&catid=35:reviews (2016-05-01)
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