oh also read Logicomix, i loved it... if you are interested in philosophy, history of philosophy logic and modern mathematics its an excellent book for you.
its basically a biographical story of a mathematician growing up in victorian england going to school in love with math... finding unbearbly illogical issues with the acception of certain abstracts in math taken for granted in geometry, trig and cal. In which he imbarks himself on a life long journey to discover a universal and logical perfection to fix these math issues. He fights memories of his childhood, his own sexual and romantic deviency, war mongering, the clear and present threat of maddness, and his own world shattering logical proof that logic and math are inescapably detrimented by paradox.
its pretty punx actually.. in like a stuffy i wear glasses and read about numbers kind of punx.... I mean he challenges a system established since anchient times as pure truth... and he fights not only to reveal its faults but solve its faults... its a really exciting story.
Its told through a lecture spannign the life experiences of the mathematician spoken in DC to a crowd of american isolationists and pacifists protesting the possibility of US involvement in WWII (which on that very morning had just begun)
the book is also self-referential as a great deal of commentary on the story is spoken about in discussions between the writers and a computer logitician about how to write the book itself.
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