Friday, November 18, 2011

Logicomix Review

This morning I finished "Logicomix", a graphic novel I picked up in Portland at Powell's Books.  

I really enjoyed the book and finished the entire thing in about six hours.  The story takes place on three levels: first, there are the authors contemplating how best to tell the story.  Second, there is Bertrand Russel giving a lecture in 1939 to US isolationists on logic, and third, there is the story of Russel's life as told through his lecture.  The 'meta' aspects of these layers of story is quite unique and engaging, and help the authors portray some of the philosophical ideas more easily and in a more consumable format for lay people.

If you're looking for a fast read, this is a fun book that lays the groundwork for modern CS.  Actually near the end Christos Papadimitriou mentions that he would like to do another novel concerning Von Neumann and Alan Turing, which I am eagerly awaiting!

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