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Logicomix September 28, 2009

Posted by Andre Vellino in Logic.

logicomixPersonally, I am glad for book reviews at the New York Times.  Without them, it would no doubt have taken me much longer to discover LogicoMix, the comic book version of “the epic story of the quest for the Foundations of Mathematics”.

The concept and story comes from Christos H. Papadimitriou who teaches theoretical computer science at UC Berkely and wrote the erudite text book “Elements of the Theory of Computation”.

One anonymous reviewer of LogicoMix on Amazon says:

…the book tries to be too many things at once, and succeeds as none of them. It is neither a strong introduction to Russell’s ideas, nor a worthwhile biography in condensed form, nor a successful piece of historical comic art. It’s a pleasant enough read, but considering its ambition ultimately a disappointing one.

So… my expectations from the NYTimes (mostly) positive review are dampened somewhat.  Still – how often does this golden age of logic get the attention of the graphic novelist?  Maybe they scooped Art Spiegelman.


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