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    DescriptionAn innovative, dramatic graphic novel about the treacherous pursuit of the foundations of mathematics. This exceptional graphic novel recounts the spiritual odyssey of philosopher Bertrand Russell. In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers like Gottlob Frege, David Hilbert, and Kurt Godel, and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein. But his most ambitious goal--to establish unshakable logical foundations of mathematics--continues to loom before him. Through love and hate, peace and war, Russell persists in the dogged mission that threatens to claim both his career and his personal happiness, finally driving him to the brink of insanity. This story is at the same time a historical novel and an accessible explication of some of the biggest ideas of mathematics and modern philosophy. With rich characterizations and expressive, atmospheric artwork, the book spins the pursuit of these ideas into a highly satisfying tale. Probing and ingeniously layered, the book throws light on Russell's inner struggles while setting them in the context of the timeless questions he spent his life trying to answer. At its heart, "Logicomix "is a story about the conflict between an ideal rationality and the unchanging, flawed fabric of reality.


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    Title
    Logicomix
    Subtitle
    An Epic Search for Truth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Apostolos Doxiadis, By (author) Christos Papadimitriou, Illustrated by Alecos Papadatos, Illustrated by Annie di Donna
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 347
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781596914520
    ISBN 10: 1596914521
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21800
    Ingram Subject Code: GV
    BIC E4L: GRA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    DC21: 741.5
    DC22: 741.5
    BIC subject category V2: PBX
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: I-GV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F3.3
    Abridged Dewey: 192
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: P26308000
    BISAC V2.8: CGN000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: GPH
    B&T General Subject: 400
    B&T Approval Code: A23430000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: MAT015000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: FXZ
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, CGN007000
    LC classification: B1649.R94 D69 2009
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    Thema V1.0: PBX, PBB, XQA
    Edition statement
    Original
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    29 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Admitted to Columbia University at age fifteen, novelist Apostolos Doxiadis studied mathematics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His international bestseller "Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture "spearheaded the impressive entrance of mathematics into the world of storytelling. Apart from his work in fiction, Apostolos has also worked in film and theater and is an internationally recognized expert on the relationship of mathematics to narrative. His Web site is www.apostolosdoxiadis.com Christos H. Papadimitriou is C . Lester Hogan professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. He was won numerous international awards for his pioneering work in computational complexity and algorithmic game theory. He has written the novel "Turing: A Novel about Computation." Alecos Papadatos has drawn and directed animated commercials, TV cartoon series and animated films. In 1997, he became a cartoonist for the major Athens daily "To Vima" and created commercial comic strips and comics. He lives in Athens with his wife, Annie Di Donna, and their two children. Annie Di Donna studied graphic arts at the Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, Grenoble, and painting at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Annecy. She has worked as animator in many productions of France Animation and Canal Plus, among them Babar and Tintin. Since 1991, she has been running an animation studio with her husband, Alecos Papadatos.
    Review quote
    "This is an extraordinary graphic novel, wildly ambitious in daring to put into words and drawings the life and thought of one of the great philosophers of the last century, Bertrand Russell...A rare intellectual and artistic achievement, which will, I am sure, lead its readers to explore realms of knowledge they thought were forbidden to them."--Howard Zinn "This magnificent book is about ideas, passions, madness, and the fierce struggle between well-defined principle and the larger good."--Barry Mazur, Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University, and author of "Imagining Numbers (Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen) """Logicomix "is witty, engaging, stylish, visually stunning, and full of surprising sound effects, a masterpiece in a genre for which there is as yet no name."--Michael Harris, professor of mathematics at Universite Paris 7 and member of the Institut Universitaire de France