Logicomix /

by Doxiadēs, Apostolos K; Papadimitriou, Christos H; Papadatos, Alekos; Di Donna, Annie.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2009Edition: 1st U.S. ed.Description: 347 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1596914521 (pbk.) :; 9781596914520 (pbk.).Language note: Originally published in Greek: Athēna, Ikaros, 2008.Title notes: $22.95 prolam 6-2010 (db)Other title: Logicomix : an epic search for truth.Uniform titles: Logicomix. English.Subject(s): Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970 -- Comic books, strips, etc | Mathematicians -- Comic books, strips, etc | Philosophers -- Comic books, strips, etc | Biographical fiction | Graphic novelsSummary: This innovative, dramatic graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell. In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein.
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<p>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.</p> <br> <p>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.</p> <br> <p>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.</p>

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 347).

This innovative, dramatic graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell. In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Originally published in Greek: Athēna, Ikaros, 2008.

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Orphaned, insecure, and brilliant, Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) sought true certainty through mathematics and logic. His Principia Mathematica, created with Alfred North Whitehead over ten painful years, brought wide acclaim but not certainty, as the Vienna Circle of philosophers and Ludwig Wittgenstein upset his approach with wholly new paradigms. Ultimately, Russell turned to how to live one's life and found peace at last by supporting pacifism and a rational, humanistic ethic. The comics creators begin the story in Athens as characters themselves, before Russell takes over as narrator. As finale, we join the creators at a performance of Aeschylus's Oresteia, where Athena herself resolves the tragic cycle through rational ethics: democratic vote and tolerance of differences. Verdict This brilliant graphic novel wraps academia's big ideas of Truth and Meaning into a story about the thinkers and their passions, by turns fascinating and charming with deft color art. Doxiadis is an expert in the relationship of mathematics to narrative and Papadimitriou a computer science professor.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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