Friday, March 20, 2009

Back to Logic with LOGICOMIX

That's right...back to logic and common sense. The truth is that common sense is not always common. So logic and mathematics is definitely not amongst the most popular subjects of our times despite their ultimate importance in the world of science. Well, they got the attention they long needed with this very publication of Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos & Annie Di Donna. I just finished this illustrated adventure in the world of mathematics with Bertrand Russell as the main host and while reading it I was wishing to reach no end. But linearity was no exception to this story and the end came along with a new way to look at things. What more can you possibly want from a comix?

Pythagoras once proclaimed that the meaning of truth and reality in this world is hidden in numbers...This comix proves that he was right...

Covering a span of sixty years, the graphic novel Logicomix was inspired by the epic story of the quest for the Foundations of Mathematics.

This was a heroic intellectual adventure most of whose protagonists paid the price of knowledge with extreme personal suffering and even insanity. The book tells its tale in an engaging way, at the same time complex and accessible. It grounds the philosophical struggles on the undercurrent of personal emotional turmoil, as well as the momentous historical events and ideological battles which gave rise to them.

The role of narrator is given to the most eloquent and spirited of the story’s protagonists, the great logician, philosopher and pacifist Bertrand Russell. It is through his eyes that the plights of such great thinkers as Frege, Hilbert, Poincaré, Wittgenstein and Gödel come to life, and through his own passionate involvement in the quest that the various narrative strands come together.

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