This is a really fun novel if you’re into philosophy, logic and mathematics as taught by Bertrand Russell, Kurt Gödel, Leonard Wittgenstein and others of those stripes and eras.
Strangely enough the graphic novel suits this story – it really works to keep the pace going and the interest up. The structure of the narrative also adds to the pacing with a first frame which includes the authors and artists devising the inner narratives which consist of another frame of Russell giving a talk about his life and a backstory of Russell’s life and career. The relevant concepts of logic, philosophy and mathematics are the focus but at a high school and theory level – only a very few basic formulas involved.
It would seem that the mathematicians were the last of the Enlightenment thinking humans could attain all material knowledge and that it could be empirically proven. The book is basically a biography fictionalized only in regards to the graphics and some of the scenes there – As far as I could gather the basic information is accurate – including all the madness in mathematicians.
The graphics are exceptionally well done adding appropriately to the text. The places where Russell is actually giving his talk get a bit boring.
There’s a great appendix explaining the concepts and personalities involved.