Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Logicomix is a graphic novel written by Greek writer Apostolos Doxiadis and theoretical computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou of the University of California, Berkeley. It follows the life of British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell and his attempt to unite mathematics under the umbrella of logic - what became known as "the Foundational Quest", together with his friends Alfred North Whitehead and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Russell was a quiet, intelligent, introspective man who was haunted by the demons of depression and dissatisfaction with being unable to complete his life's work. Indeed, one of the book’s recurring themes is the connection between logic and madness. Russell himself was surrounded in his family by mental illness, and several of the logicians and philosophers who appear in the story went insane or suffered from mental instability.

Below is the book's glossary which gives the background to a number of the topics that appear in it and its main characters. It gives a nice summary of the work of most of the main figures in logic throughout history:
Logicomix Glossary

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