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#CBR4 Maneuver #34-36 – The Cartoon History of the Universe 1-3

Target: Larry Gonick’s The Cartoon History of the Universe, Volumes 1-19

Profile: History, Nonfiction, Cartoons!

Summary: From Volume 1, “This cartoon history is the outcome of my nine years at Harvard, where I studies mathematics – yes…  Nine years the math department scoffed at my theories!  But what do they know about time travel?  Most mathematicians can’t tell a second hand from a second base!!  We parted ways in 1972

After I dropped out, I built this time machine!  Let’s hear ‘em scoff now!  You see?  Simple!  Just a pile of old history books!  Gad, but that musty smell is bracing!!

If I read the right books and concentrate hard enough, the machine transports me – in my imagination – anywhere in the past that I want!   For you it’s even easier – all you have to do is KEEP READING!  But hang on tight!  I’ve set the controls for the time before time began…”

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CBRIII Maneuver #12 – Logicomix

Target: Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou’s Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth

Profile: Graphic Novel, Philosophy, Nonfiction

Summary: From the inner cover, “This innovative graphic novel is based on the early life of the brilliant philosopher Bertrand Russell and his impassioned pursuit of truth.  Haunted by family secrets and unable to quell his youthful curiosity, Russell became obsessed with a Promethean goal: to establish the logical foundations of all mathematics.  In his agonized search for absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with legendary thinkers like Gottlob Frege, David Hilbert, and Kurt Gödel, and finds a passionate student in the great Ludwig Wittgenstein.  But the object of his defining quest continues to loom before him.  Through love and hate, peace and war, Russell persists in the dogged mission that threatened to claim both his career and his personal happiness, finally driving him to the brink of insanity.

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