Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth (2009) by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou and artwork by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna is a biography in graphic novel form with a unique twist: the authors and artists are characters in the book themselves, and provide narration and running commentary throughout the story. Through them, we learn about the life and work of English philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell.

Though I still didn't understand everything about the philosophical and mathematical theories discussed in the book, I think I understood a lot more about both Russell's life and his work through this format than I would have if I had been reading a traditional nonfiction book. In fact, I know I learned more about him than I otherwise would have, since I never would have even picked up a full biography about him had it not been in graphic novel form.

I think this book really shows the strengths of graphic novels for teaching information that has the potential to be dry, overwhelming, and potentially uninteresting by presenting it in a much more creative and accessible way. Some understanding is better than none at all!

Keep reading! Beth

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