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An innovative, dramatic graphic novel about the treacherous pursuit of the

foundations of mathematics. This exceptional graphic novel recounts the

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foundations of mathematics. This exceptional graphic novel recounts the

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- Artist or Inker: Alecos Papadatos
- Colourist: Annie Di Donna

Logicomix

Ha scritto il 24/08/13

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這本圖畫小說是我看過最最難讀的漫畫。

雖然很佩服編畫此書之人，但是它的讀者肯定是小眾市場，就像伯特蘭．羅素認為大概只有一人從頭至尾讀了他跟懷海德合著的［數學原理］（花了十年用３６２頁證明１＋１＝２）。

不過［數學原理］出版四十年後，羅素受訪時表示：「這本書對讀者的吸引，比他原本預期的要好。他知道有六個人讀了這本書後面的部分。...不過其中有三個是波蘭人，恐怕已經被希特勒整死了，另外三個都是美國德州人。」

書中的天才們與瘋子只有一線之隔，許多邏輯學家最後瘋了，或許是因為他們大都是偏執狂。伯特蘭．羅素自己自小就擔心會精神分裂，他的偏執使得他的婚姻失敗，而他的某個兒子後來也被診出精神分裂症，孫女則自殺身亡。 Continua...

雖然很佩服編畫此書之人，但是它的讀者肯定是小眾市場，就像伯特蘭．羅素認為大概只有一人從頭至尾讀了他跟懷海德合著的［數學原理］（花了十年用３６２頁證明１＋１＝２）。

不過［數學原理］出版四十年後，羅素受訪時表示：「這本書對讀者的吸引，比他原本預期的要好。他知道有六個人讀了這本書後面的部分。...不過其中有三個是波蘭人，恐怕已經被希特勒整死了，另外三個都是美國德州人。」

書中的天才們與瘋子只有一線之隔，許多邏輯學家最後瘋了，或許是因為他們大都是偏執狂。伯特蘭．羅素自己自小就擔心會精神分裂，他的偏執使得他的婚姻失敗，而他的某個兒子後來也被診出精神分裂症，孫女則自殺身亡。 Continua...

Logicomix

Ha scritto il 03/11/10

Brilliant comics of wisdom and passion

This is a must read for both lovers of comics and smart laymen who want to be entertained with history of ideas, great men and logic.The sober, soft and pleasant narration (sometimes, a meta one) is built around the biography of Bertrand Russell, as
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l, as told by himself in occasion of the prelude of the intervention of England into the WW2. In a note, the authors mention that though all characters are real as well as all ideas reported, some facts are fictituos for the sake of simplification of narrative only. This does not detract from the content, especially considering the appendix to the book containing additional notes and biographical materials.

Russell's life is seen as a voyage to discover unshakeable truth, along which he comes to grasp the complex nature of life and reality, which lies mostly beyond logic. An underlying theme of "logic from madness" connects the lives of many of the logicians with which Bertie comes into contact, and can be applied to his case too, as if the discipline, endurance and clear-minded thought required to solve logical foundational quests could only spring from a repulsion, fear or dread of madness, or were the outcome of a desire to find order in one's own mind and life. Apparently: Russell's son was diagnosed with schizophrenia; Hilbert's son was psychotic; Cantor believed himself to be god's spokesman and spent his later life proving Shakespear's true identity (Sir Francis Bacon) and Jesus as son of Joseph of Arimatea; Frege became paranoid and used logic to prove the need for a final, anti-semitic solution; Godel died of starvation because of his paranoia; Wittgenstein was extremely eccentric, so to say. Of all, Russell, with his multiple marriages and libertine attitudes as well, seems to have embraced the most aspects of life, and for this to have become the wisest, dedicating himself to militant pacifism, philosophy and education in general, though being constantly ravaged by the thought of his failure in curing the foundations of logic that he earlier showed to be rotten (with his paradox on set theory).

Drawings are very neat, elegant, with some tables in full page format of grand eloquence and beauty. There is a constant exchange between the authors' and Russell's narration, which makes the text a metatext at times, when the authors themselves are represented and comment on the evolution of the book, its themes, some philosophical propositions and the supposed failure of Russell's foundational work - which can be compensated with the inspiration of works by Wittgenstein, Godel and Turing, which lead to moder computers and computer science at large (which prefers pragmatical algorithms to structural formal reasoning in itself).

A unique work deserving to be a must read in high schools - and to be largely imitated. Continua...

Russell's life is seen as a voyage to discover unshakeable truth, along which he comes to grasp the complex nature of life and reality, which lies mostly beyond logic. An underlying theme of "logic from madness" connects the lives of many of the logicians with which Bertie comes into contact, and can be applied to his case too, as if the discipline, endurance and clear-minded thought required to solve logical foundational quests could only spring from a repulsion, fear or dread of madness, or were the outcome of a desire to find order in one's own mind and life. Apparently: Russell's son was diagnosed with schizophrenia; Hilbert's son was psychotic; Cantor believed himself to be god's spokesman and spent his later life proving Shakespear's true identity (Sir Francis Bacon) and Jesus as son of Joseph of Arimatea; Frege became paranoid and used logic to prove the need for a final, anti-semitic solution; Godel died of starvation because of his paranoia; Wittgenstein was extremely eccentric, so to say. Of all, Russell, with his multiple marriages and libertine attitudes as well, seems to have embraced the most aspects of life, and for this to have become the wisest, dedicating himself to militant pacifism, philosophy and education in general, though being constantly ravaged by the thought of his failure in curing the foundations of logic that he earlier showed to be rotten (with his paradox on set theory).

Drawings are very neat, elegant, with some tables in full page format of grand eloquence and beauty. There is a constant exchange between the authors' and Russell's narration, which makes the text a metatext at times, when the authors themselves are represented and comment on the evolution of the book, its themes, some philosophical propositions and the supposed failure of Russell's foundational work - which can be compensated with the inspiration of works by Wittgenstein, Godel and Turing, which lead to moder computers and computer science at large (which prefers pragmatical algorithms to structural formal reasoning in itself).

A unique work deserving to be a must read in high schools - and to be largely imitated. Continua...

Logicomix

Ha scritto il 14/12/09

Is this just for the casual reader?

While I commend the effort, I wonder who the supposed audience for this Graphic Novel really is.Case in point: I studied Godel, and I have a bit more of the vaguest idea of what his proof did to Russel's efforts.I can't say that the graphic novel is
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c novel is making a poor effort to explain it, but for really judging it, you need a complete newcomer to the field.

Find one, and ask him/her what he got from the book.

How many (newcomers) would buy the book in order to get a better understanding of Godel's Theorem? How many (of those who don't know it) would care even a little bit?

So, if you are "geek" and know the field already, it's interesting, if not "great".

For everyone else, I am afraid it will fail to even register.

Please prove me wrong... did you lend it to non-mathematically friends? With what results? Continua...

Find one, and ask him/her what he got from the book.

How many (newcomers) would buy the book in order to get a better understanding of Godel's Theorem? How many (of those who don't know it) would care even a little bit?

So, if you are "geek" and know the field already, it's interesting, if not "great".

For everyone else, I am afraid it will fail to even register.

Please prove me wrong... did you lend it to non-mathematically friends? With what results? Continua...

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