Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis
An Epic Search for Truth

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An innovative, dramatic graphic novel about the treacherous pursuit of the foundations of mathematics.

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.

About Apostolos Doxiadis

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Admitted to Columbia University at age fifteen, novelist Apostolos Doxiadis studied mathematics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His international bestseller Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture spearheaded the impressive entrance of mathematics into the world of storytelling. Apart from his work in fiction, Apostolos has also worked in film and theater and is an internationally recognized expert on the relationship of mathematics to narrative. His Web site is www.apostolosdoxiadis.com   Christos H. Papadimitriou is C . Lester Hogan professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He was won numerous international awards for his pioneering work in computational complexity and algorithmic game theory. He has written the novel Turing: A Novel about Computation.   Alecos Papadatos has drawn and directed animated commercials, TV cartoon series and animated films. In 1997, he became a cartoonist for the major Athens daily “To Vima” and created commercial comic strips and comics. He lives in Athens with his wife, Annie Di Donna, and their two children.   Annie Di Donna studied graphic arts at the École Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, Grenoble, and painting at the École des Beaux Arts, Annecy. She has worked as animator in many productions of France Animation and Canal Plus, among them Babar and Tintin. Since 1991, she has been running an animation studio with her husband, Alecos Papadatos.
Published September 29, 2009 by Bloomsbury USA. 352 pages
Genres: History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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Part of the narrative strategy here is metacomic: Authors Doxiadis and Papadimitriou, along with artists Papadatos and Di Donna, are not only the creators of this graphic novel with academic underpinnings, they are characters within it, confronting the challenge of how to make Bertrand Russell’s ...

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Well, this is unexpected — a comic book about the quest for logical certainty in mathematics.

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The Guardian

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Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H Papadimitriou, art by Alecos Papadatos and Annie di Donna 347pp, Bloomsbury, £16.99 Bertrand Russell's Principia Mathematica (which he co-wrote with Alfred North Whitehead) is probably the most impenetrable book ever written by a winner of the Nobel ...

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The Globe and Mail

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No thinking person could leave this book without recognizing the ineluctable connections between - in the most mundane sense - arithmetic and the humanities (and most particularly the ancient practice of democracy, a perfect antidote to Slouka's chicken-little maundering).

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The Washington Post

In this case, the superhero is the philosopher Bertrand Russell, and the adventure is his quest for a rational foundation to mathematics and logic, from his childhood in 1870s England to the eve of World War II.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

(That these rabid protestors, so angry and verbal, would sit quietly through such a long lecture is a little hard to believe, but it’s beside the point.) I was immediately drawn into the fun little world of Logicomix.

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