Friday, July 2, 2010

Review: Logicomix (Bloomsbury)

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth (Bloomsbury) is a graphic novel about the life and struggles of Bertrand Russell, with the foundations of mathematics and logic, as well as society. The novel is not an accurate historic account, taking creative liberties to allow for drama. In addition, the book provides an introduction to modern logic, both mathematical and philosophical, and the people who built its foundations.

As a comic, it is highly readable. Drama and humour are plenty. The logic ideas are quite easy to follow. Interspersed within the main story are self-referential scenes that explain the ideas of logic as well as the novel itself. For a comic about a subject as dry (not for me) as logic, it is very enjoyable.

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