Happy Birthday, Bertrand Russell!

Today is the 142nd birthday of famous philosopher/mathematician Bertrand Russell. He is the one who undermined the indisputability of logic by posing his famous Paradox, which I drew in my book Science: a Discovery in Comics as follows:

If you really want to get into Bertrand Russell though, you should read Logicomix, which is an excellent graphic novel about Russell’s life and work, as well as about the making of a graphic novel about logic.

Logicomix, by Christos Papadimitriou, Apostolos Doxiadis & Alecos Papadatos, 2009


The point of Russell’s Paradox is that it is unsolvable, and therefore questions the base of logic – but if this were a riddle, I’d answer that the barber must be a woman.

(which goes to prove, I guess, that in the nineteenth century the idea of a woman shaving men’s beards went against all logic)


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Margreet de Heer
Margreet de Heer
Margreet de Heer lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with her husband Yiri T. Kohl. A long time ago, she studied Theology at the University of Amsterdam, but through divine intervention she ended up as a comic artist. She worked at the famous comic store Lambiek from 2000 until 2005, and wrote a book about Dutch comics together with Kees Kousemaker. Since 2005 she is a full-time comic artist producing a wide range of work, from children's comics in magazines to cartoons at business conferences. In 2007 she started making philosophical comic "reports" for newspaper Trouw. This resulted in a book edition in 2010, soon followed by graphic novels about Religion, Science and World Domination. Margreet plans to expand the series to a total of seven books, also covering the subjects Love, Death and Self. 'Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics' and 'Science: a Discovery in Comics' are successfully published at NBM. 'Religion: a Discovery in Comics' came out in October 2015.

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