by Carole R., December 28, 2009 3:21 PM
Bertrand Russell hasn't been this entertaining since Bruce Duffy's 1987 novel The World As I Found It. Logicomix is an astoundingly entertaining graphic novel about the most unlikely of subjects: Bertrand Russell's struggle to find the logical foundation of all mathematics. While this may sound dry to liberal arts majors, this subject is addressed superbly by the authors, Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou. In fact, the authors introduce themselves to us, the readers, at the beginning of Logicomix to explain why they chose to tell this story in graphic novel form instead of "Logic for Dummies." To explain mathematical concepts to the masses, the authors jump the story around from the present time — how an ATM uses algorithmic processes — to Bertrand Russell's era, when he and Wittgenstein debated logic and proofs. It's wonderful to lose yourself in graphic novels, and Logicomix is like falling into an intellectual, heady dream.