I recently acquired a copy of *Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth*, by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou, with art by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna. It defies categorization: is it a comic book? A biography? A book of philosophy? Of history? Of mathematics? Well, it’s all of these things, and manages to pull it off with grace and style.

*Logicomix* is a graphic novel focusing on the story of Bertrand Russell, the English mathematician and philosopher, and the quest at the beginning of the twentieth century to discover a logically rigorous foundation for mathematics. This quest had a surprising outcome: in one sense, it was a failure; in another sense, it led directly to the development of computers! If you want to know what I mean… you’ll have to read the book.

It’s beatifully and smartly illustrated, and tells a riveting story, interspersed with meta-narrative about the authors of Logicomix and their process of planning and writing it. If you read Logicomix expecting a comprehensive *mathematical* history of this time period in comic book form, you’ll be disappointed. It really is telling the stories of the *people* involved, with big mathematical ideas explained as necessary (although the mathematical explanations it does include are creative and clear). Fortunately, the people are rather fascinating! Like E.T. Bell’s *Men of Mathematics*, Logicomix certainly dispels the myth that mathematicians are dull. *Logicomix* would make a great addition to any library, but I particularly recommend it to middle and high school teachers for lending to students!

## About Brent

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hendrix College. Functional programmer, mathematician, teacher, pianist, follower of Jesus.

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