Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth

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Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos, Annie Di Donna

This exceptional graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell. In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers like Gottlob Frege, David Hilbert, and Kurt Gödel, and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein. But his most ambitious goal-to establish unshakable logical foundations of mathematics-continues to loom before him. Through love and hate, peace and war, Russell persists in the dogged mission that threatens to claim both his career and his personal happiness, finally driving him to the brink of insanity.

This story is at the same time a historical novel and an accessible explication of some of the biggest ideas of mathematics and modern philosophy. With rich characterizations and expressive, atmospheric artwork, the book spins the pursuit of these ideas into a highly satisfying tale.

Probing and ingeniously layered, the book throws light on Russell's inner struggles while setting them in the context of the timeless questions he spent his life trying to answer. At its heart, Logicomix is a story about the conflict between an ideal rationality and the unchanging, flawed fabric of reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596914520
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 246,748
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Admitted to Columbia University at age 15, Apostolos Doxiadis has studied mathematics at both the undergraduate and graduate level. An internationally recognized expert on the subjects of mathematics and narrative, he has also worked in film and theater, and is the author of the international bestseller Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture.

His personal website is www.apostolosdoxiadis.com.

Christos Papadimitriou is a professor of Computer Science at Cal-Berkeley. He is the author of several books on computer science, as well as the novel Turing: A Novel about Computation.

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Logicomix 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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StephAS More than 1 year ago
Who would have ever thought there would be a comic about theoretical mathematics and make it looks so great? If you are a math, logic, Bertrand Russell, or graphic novel fan you need to check this out as you’ll be hard pressed to find another graphic novel where Bertrand Russell is the “hero”. Beautifully drawn and written with an “appendix” of great explanations at the end.
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retrospy More than 1 year ago
This story serves as a great introduction to philosophy, mathematics, logic and the quest for truth. And amazingly enough, it's easy to follow and fun!
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mynamesearl More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book for it's comic book format, The story is a very compelling adventure. You are drwan into the story just by reading the very first couple of pages. This book is certainly not just for children it is for well seasoned readers of all ages. I would recomend this book to upper class schools for there students to understand how the study of mathamatics was conceived.