Logicomix : An Epic Search for Truth, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This brilliantly illustrated tale of reason, insanity, love and truth recounts the story of Bertrand Russell's life.

Raised by his paternal grandparents, young Russell was never told the whereabouts of his parents.

Driven by a desire for knowledge of his own history, he attempted to force the world to yield to his yearnings: for truth, clarity and resolve.

As he grew older, and increasingly sophisticated as a philosopher and mathematician, Russell strove to create an objective language with which to describe the world - one free of the biases and slippages of the written word.

At the same time, he began courting his first wife, teasing her with riddles and leaning on her during the darker days, when his quest was bogged down by paradoxes, frustrations and the ghosts of his family's secrets.

Ultimately, he found considerable success - but his career was stalled when he was outmatched by an intellectual rival: his young, strident, brilliantly original student, Ludwig Wittgenstein.

An insightful and complexly layered narrative, Logicomix reveals both Russell's inner struggle and the quest for the foundations of logic. Narration by an older, wiser Russell, as well as asides from the author himself, make sense of the story's heady and powerful ideas. At its heart, Logicomix is a story about the conflict between pure reason and the persistent flaws of reality, a narrative populated by great and august thinkers, young lovers, ghosts and insanity.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Lliterary & memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780747597209



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The story of Bertrand Russell's attempts to find an unshakeable foundation for mathematics (and logic,) this book uses the authors working on adapting the story for the comic as a framing device, and jumps between characters and timelines.I loved finding a comic that explores mathematics and philosophy, and I'm glad I read it. I also found it slightly frustrating for not going into more depth, and for the framing device that seems to talk down to the reader. I can't say I really *enjoyed* the story, but it was curious and interesting and I'd suggest others read it and tell me what they think.

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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 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?

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