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Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis
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Apr 18, 14

bookshelves: read-graphic
Recommended to Yofish by: WaPo best of 2009
Read in January, 2014

A graphic novel following the evolution of logic/set theory around the turn of the 20th century.

There's a story within a story within a story, and I'm not sure that really worked for me. The authors/illustrators pop up themselves once in a while to provide some context. And then there's Bertrand Russell giving a talk just before WWII describing his life and struggle with math/logic. (The point is that he was a big pacifist at WWI, and the audience is expecting him to come out against Britain fighting against Hitler.) But the book is too long for it to fit in one talk. Maybe that shouldn't be a big deal, but it just took me out of what was going on. A more straightforward biography would have been better for me (even if you chose to include the authors).

The authors also didn't hold close to the truth, which they admitted, but that sort of took away from what I might have learned. I did learn some things, but I'm probably too versed in math to have been the real intended audience.

The art... didn't really move the story much, but I guess it didn't take away.

I'd've probably liked it better if I didn't have such high expectations.


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