On a lighter note, I’m informed that there’s recently been a graphic novel published on the life of Bertrand Russell. I haven’t read it myself, but LogBlog likes it. I’m of a mixed opinion about Russell’s achievements as a mathematician, but no one can deny he had an interesting life. Of particular interest to some readers is the on-going tour, coming (maybe) to a town near yours soon.

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I have read the Logicomix. It is a graphic novel for logic, whose heroes are Russell, Wittgestein(?)… A big part is about Russell’s life, but Apotolos Doxiades want to talk about Logic, some results of her (madness see. Russel, Frege, Cantor…) and uses the life of Russell to run his scenario…

Dear all,

i’ve also read the “Logicomix” book (in greek); it’s a very good effort to explain logic to non-logicians and non-mathematicians, intertwined with the personal stories of Russel, Wittgenstein, …, and presented in a very modern and nice style. As LogBlog also says, it’s not always historically correct, but makes very good reading, and maybe a nice present to your friends who wonder about your profession :)

best, Antonis

It should also be noted that one of the authors, Christos Papadimitriou, is CS faculty at Berkeley.

Those of you who want some grown-up endorsement

of your secret comic book habit should note the book

review in this weekend’s NY Times Magazine. It’s

written by free-lance writer Jim Holt, who is about 50

and writes about philosophy, science, math, etc. (I

haven’t actually met him but know his college boyfriend

from Columbia days.) For another fictional side-glance

at Russell and his circle at Cambridge, “The Indian Clerk”

by David Leavitt based on the encounter of Ramanujan

with Hardy is good reading. But get the corrected reprint,

which corrects some of the mathematical gaffes.

Leavitt didn’t study mathematics, alas.