Logicomix

por Santiago Bustamante G.

 

Covering a span of sixty years, the graphic novel Logicomix was inspired by the epic story of the quest for the Foundations of Mathematics.

This was a heroic intellectual adventure most of whose protagonists paid the price of knowledge with extreme personal suffering and even insanity.  The book tells its tale in an engaging way, at the same time complex and accessible. It grounds the philosophical struggles on the undercurrent of personal emotional turmoil, as well as the momentous historical events and ideological battles which gave rise to them.

The role of narrator is given to the most eloquent and spirited of the story’s protagonists, the great logician, philosopher and pacifist Bertrand Russell. It is through his eyes that the plights of such great thinkers as Frege, Hilbert, Poincaré, Wittgenstein and Gödel come to life, and through his own passionate involvement in the quest that the various narrative strands come together.

 

 

team1-smallApostolos Doxiadis – concept, story and script

Apostolos studied mathematics, but later repented and became a writer.  His novel Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture has been translated into over 30 different languages and is widely considered to be the trendsetting book in “mathematical fiction”. While he’s tried his hand in various storytelling media, Apostolos is unfortunately totally unmusical.

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team2-smallChristos H. Papadimitriou – concept and story

In his day-job, Christos is a professor and researcher in the field of theoretical computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.  In the evenings, he writes novels, such as Turing, which was published in 2003 or he plays keyboards in the rock band “Positive Eigenvalues”.

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team3-smallAlecos Papadatos – character design and drawings

After working in animation for twenty years, Alecos turned from moving images to his childhood love of stationary ones: comics. After a long day’s work, Alecos likes to kick back and play his bouzouki.

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team4-smallAnnie Di Donna – color

Annie studied painting in France.  She worked in animation for twenty years before coming to comics.  When she’s not drawing, she tells us, she likes to “dance ze night away”.

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