Δεν το συνηθίζω να ανεβάζω εδώ κείμενα για βιβλία που δε διάβασα προσωπικά και που δεν έγραψα ο ίδιος, αλλά αυτή τη φορά είπα να κάνω μία εξαίρεση αφού δε συμβαίνει πολύ συχνά ένας έλληνας συγγραφέας να κατακτά με τη δουλειά του την παγκόσμια αναγνώριση. Η πιο κάτω παρουσίαση είναι από τη σημερινή έκδοση του Γκάρντιαν:
Bertrand Russell's Principia Mathematica (which he co-wrote with Alfred North Whitehead) is probably the most impenetrable book ever written by a winner of the Nobel prize for literature. In it, the authors famously take 362 pages to prove 1 + 1 = 2, using a method so arcane that Cambridge University Press could not find anyone to evaluate the manuscript and Russell and Whitehead were made to pay for the printing themselves.
For this reason, the Principia is not an obvious subject for a mainstream popular science book. Yet the intellectual and emotional journey that Russell took while writing it has been turned into a graphic novel by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou that is both a thrilling adventure and a serious history of the philosophy of mathematics.
Logicomix's main narrative is Russell's quest for the truth, which in his case is the truth about the foundations of mathematics. His adventure is portrayed as if the fate of the world depends on it and our tortured superhero must battle his inner demons to achieve the task. The authors tell the story with a humour and lightness of touch that pokes fun at the philosophers and mathematicians involved, but never trivialises the philosophy or the mathematics. When Russell declares: "I was now ready to battle against my own enemy . . . Irrationality, in its highest form", it is both tongue-in-cheek and profound.
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