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Christos H. Papadimitriou

Author of Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth

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Image credit: Professor Christos Papadimitriou giving a talk at the EPFL on 30 June 2009 By Rama - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7175470

Works by Christos H. Papadimitriou

Associated Works

Elements of the Theory of Computation (1981) — Author, some editions — 199 copies, 1 review
Alan Turing: His Work and Impact (2013) — Contributor — 36 copies


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If not the most gripping graphic novel I've read, this is certainly on of the most intellectual. It tells a simplified and slightly dramatized life of Bertrand Russell, using the structure of a reflective lecture on logic's application to real life, given in the US in the early days of World War II when the debate about whether to enter the war was hot and heavy. Add yet another framing structure where the co-creators of the book debate the themes of logic and madness, and that Papadimitriou is invited to co-author because as a computer scientist he can explain exactly what Russell, Frege, Goedel, Hilbert, and the others were trying to do and whether they succeeded or not. As both a math major who focused on pure logic, and a computer scientist myself, I can't judge how well the explanation of theory works for others. For me, it felt sincere but incomplete, no pun intended.

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ChrisRiesbeck | 103 other reviews | Jul 6, 2024 |
Rated "Indifferent" in our old book database.
villemezbrown | 103 other reviews | Jan 6, 2024 |
Grand in scope but let down in part by the medium and some baffling decisions by the creators, Logicomix is still a fascinating read.
I've always loved it when serious topics are explored visually, whether in animation or books - but Logicomix overextends and underextends itself in turn. At the altar of brevity and mass appeal, it sacrifices accuracy, but this wouldn't have mattered so much if the crucial details covered were at the least in-depth, which they were sadly not.
A case in point is that Apostolos mentions Godel, Wittgenstein, Hilbert, von Neumann, and other giants, but he annoyingly glosses over their contributions. The book also repeatedly jumps out and into Athens or the 'real world' instead of the comic world to explain some of its decisions to the reader - but this breaking the fourth wall is only partially effective since its novelty wears off quickly. It is utilized to excellent effect only near the end.
Where the book shines the most is letting its audience know, through comics, about Godel's incompleteness theorem of the first and second-order, Russell's paradox, and Wittgenstein's metaphysical theories - a sentence I could not imagine writing a day ago. And that fact alone is worth most, in not all of, the acclaim.
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SidKhanooja | 103 other reviews | Sep 1, 2023 |
Plus un 3,5 pour moi . La premiere partie du livre est excellente , le côté humain de Russell aide à "dédramatiser " la complexité de son travail dans le domaine de la logique .
J'ai beaucoup moins aimé la fin . Trop "sèche " avec beaucoup d'interventions des dessinateurs ( pages entières pour illustrer l'ambiance dans le bureau des créateurs de la bd ...j'aurais pu facilement m'en passer )
Le carnet de note clôture la bd sur un belle note avec des présentations/résumé de la vies des personnalités (et notions importantes ) qui apparaissent dans la bd .
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MikadoRa | 103 other reviews | Jan 15, 2023 |



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Alecos Papadatos Character design and drawings
Anne Bardy Visual research and lettering
Scott Russo Cover designer


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