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Full title Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth [permalink]
Language English
Authors Apostolos Doxiadis (author), Christos H. Papadimitriou (author), Alecos Papadatos (illustrator) and Annie Di Donna (illustrator)
Publisher Bloomsbury
Categories Graphic novel and logic
Publication year 2009
ISBN 978-1-59691-452-0 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 347
Synopsis

A (very fictionalized) account, in comic form, of the life of Bertrand Russell. The book opens with one of the authors explicitly breaking the fourth wall, talking to the reader, and explaining the purpose of the work. The rest of the book follows an old Russell as he's giving a lecture in 1939, three days after Hitler's invasion of Poland, about his journey from childhood to established mathematician. It's this journey that forms the meat of the book.

Review

I really enjoyed this work, but not particularly being a fan of graphic novels, I don't know about the quality. In any event, if you want to learn about the life of Bertrand Russell, the history of logic, and something about the tortured lives of the early logicians (excluding the Greeks, of course), and you don't want to read a text book, this one's for you.

And besides, how often do you see a comic book with a bibliography?

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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Overture
  • 1. Pembroke Lodge
  • 2. The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • 3. Wanderjahre
  • 4. Paradoxes
  • Entracte
  • 5. Logico-Philosophical Wars
  • 6. Incompleteness
  • Finale
  • Notebook
  • Bibliography
Full title What Is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles [permalink]
Language English
Author Raymond M. Smullyan (author)
Publisher Dover Publications
Categories Logic and puzzle
Publication year 2011
Original publication year 1978
ISBN 978-0486-48198-2 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]
Pages 241
Synopsis

A book of puzzles, a lot of the A-always-lies, B-always-tells-the-truth variety.

Each section introduces the topic under discussion with a story, with small vignettes strewn between the puzzles themselves to give context.

The last chapter is a more free-flowing story-telling chapter, with a complete explanation of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem.

Review

There's not all that much to say about this book. I found it an interesting read, and it's fun to try the puzzles out on friends. Go buy it if you like these kinds of books.

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  • Introduction

Part One: Logical Recreations

  • 1. Fooled?
  • 2. Puzzles and Monkey Tricks
  • 3. Knights and Knaves
  • 4. Alice in the Forest of Forgetfulness

Part Two: Portia's Caskets and Other Mysteries

  • 5. The Mystery of Portia's Caskets
  • 6. From the Files of Inspector Craig
  • 7. How to Avoid Werewolves—And Other Practical Bits of Advice
  • 8. Logic Puzzles
  • 9. Bellini or Cellini?

Part Three: Weird Tales

  • 10. The Island of Baal
  • 11. The Island of Zombies
  • 12. Is Dracula Still Alive?

Part Four: Logic Is a Many-Splendored Thing

  • 13. Logic and Life
  • 14. How to Prove Anything
  • 15. From Paradox to Truth
  • 16. Gödel's Discovery

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