Quick—how much do you know about the life of Bertrand Russell? His childhood, his life, his loves…well, you’re about to find out a lot more, in the form of a great new work called Logicomix.
It’s an intense journey, one that’s filled with the huge allure of mathematics and logic, and it’s—believe it or not—actually not dry or boring. And did I mention that for the most part, it’s presented as a lecture given in a college hall?
Really, I’m serious here—it’s compelling, not dry.
The creators—four of them—break into their own story quite often, and while it might seem somewhat charming to break the fourth wall this way at first, it gets old rather quickly.
Aside from that overused device, though, Logicomix is a rather thorough biography of Russell and several of the other greatest thinkers of the 20th century.
You don’t have to be a mathematician or a logician to appreciate this book, which was a big best-seller in Greece last year.
I was immediately drawn into the fun little world of Logicomix. If it doesn’t take history too seriously, it certainly does mind its Ps and Qs when it comes to science.
And if you thought a comic could never teach you just what the incredible world of logic holds for you, think again. You’ll be drawn in too.
Originally published in Greek in the fall of 2008, “Logicomix” was a hit at home. But its authors were unprepared for the reception in the United States and Britain, where it sold out on the first day of its release in September.
The novel received positive reviews and it sped up best-seller lists to occupy top 10 spots in comics, fiction and general book rankings on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
It also recently hit No. 1 on The New York Times paperback graphic book list.