Book Review – Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth

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Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever thought of a comic book about maths, philosophy and logic? Well that’s what this is! It’s a fun and cool comic based on the life of Bertrand Russell which is almost close to reality. We see how the foundations of logic and maths were laid by eminent people during that time amid war and strife. Overall it’s an interesting read with some pretty nice graphics! Also it’s a quick read. I guess it is even more fun if one has read or studied some of the concepts discussed here atleast at a high level. Would love to read more books like these which depict science stories via comics!

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Book Review: A Beautiful Math

A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of NatureA Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature by Tom Siegfried

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An amazing book which beautifully blends numerous diverse areas into a unified narrative of game theory.

It presents a complete timeline of game theory from its past, present and future! There is discussion on how many areas evolved and how a need for a science arose which could address systemic issues instead of specific problems. Next, there are details of how the foundations of game theory itself were build mainly by von Neumann, Morgenstern and John Nash. Initially it was thought to be applicable mainly in the area of Economics, however soon it was found that these principles could be applied to a variety of fields. Next, the author highlights how diverse areas like network science, cognitive science, physics, chemistry, maths, quantum theory and many more can be connected to game theory to solve much bigger challenges. This in turn has lead to further developments in game theory as well.

The book concludes with a vision towards the future where the author believes and argues that game theory will play the prime role in coming with a Code of Nature i.e. a science which can connect all the dots and integrate the diversities of all the scientific disciplines to come out with a unified theory.

In my opinion, this book is more intriguing and exciting read, if the reader at least has some basic background knowledge of some of the areas like game theory, network science, cognitive science etc. This book gives are birds-eye view of game theory, dives deep into some of it key aspects and amazingly connects it to so many other areas! It is a must read for someone interested or working in the area of game theory!

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