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    DescriptionThis 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.


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    Title
    Logicomix
    Subtitle
    An Epic Search for Truth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Apostolos Doxiadis, By (author) Christos H. Papadimitriou
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 878 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780747597209
    ISBN 10: 0747597200
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F3.0
    BIC E4L: GRA
    DC22: 741.5
    BIC subject category V2: PBX
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15270
    BISAC V2.8: CGN000000
    Libri: ENGM1820
    BIC subject category V2: FXL
    Thema V1.0: PBX, XAB, XQA
    Illustrations note
    chiefly col. Illustrations
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    07 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Admitted to Columbia University when he was 15, Apostolos Doxiadis has studied mathematics at both undergraduate and graduate level. An internationally recognised expert on the subjects of mathematics and narrative, he has also worked in film and theatre, and is the author of the international bestseller Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture.