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Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis
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Jul 28, 2010

really liked it
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Read in July, 2010

This graphic novel tells of Bertrand Russell's search for the perfect philosophical foundation of mathematics. Presented as a personal journey in which he recognizes the limitations of such an endeavour, it also describes him coming to terms and embracing the less cerebral aspects of being human.

This highly accessible and enjoyable narrative takes the reader through the ideas of logicians of his age -- Frege, Wittgenstein, Godel, Hilbert, etc. -- in a very cursory manner which primarily serves to advance the plot thematically, so those expecting a philosophical engagement with these ideas will find themselves disappointed. However, by highlighting the more biographical elements of these philosophers and the historical context of these ideas (i.e. turn of the century, WWI and the onset of WWII), the story provides a different perspective which explores the motivation behind their development. By providing an epilogue featuring the "Oresteia" which showcases Athena meting out a new form of justice (Dike), the narrative moves towards a conclusion which sees rationality and logic as tools employed in the exercise of human subjectivity -- powerful, destructive in some cases, but also redemptive and necessary.

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