Math and Comics: Serious Edition

Some light reading for the end of break

With a week left in the winter break, you’ve probably been thinking, “Man, I wish I could read a best selling graphic novel (aka comic book) on math and logic!”   Well, you’re in luck!

Logicomix is a graphic novel written by Apostolos Doxiadis (also known for writing Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture, another math related novel) and Christos Papadimitriou (also known for writing a math research paper with Bill Gates on pancake sorting).

It is narrated by the Nobel prize winning logician/mathematician Bertrand Russell (also known for writing Principia Mathematica with A. N. Whitehead where they attempt to give a firm foundation to mathematics using logic — taking a mere 362 pages to prove “1 + 1 = 2”!).  In the course of the story Russell meets with many of of the great mathematicians/logicians of the first part of the 20th century.  It’s on the “Top Books of 2009 List” of everyone from Time Magazine to the Washington Post to Popular Mechanics.  Check it out!

An unrelated but amusing mug shot of Bill Gates

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6 thoughts on “Math and Comics: Serious Edition

  1. This is pretty funny. A comic book about logic with Bertrand Russell as the main character? PERFECT.

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