The Joy of Logic

The Joy of Logic


This isn't, as you might presume, a follow-up to Hans Rosling's The Joy of Stats. It is in fact a somewhat quirkier offering featuring BBC4 newcomer Professor Dave Cliff. Kooky music and childlike graphics reel you in with a smile. But don't be lulled into a false sense of security; at this programme's heart lurks an opaque blob of philosophical paradoxes and poker-faced academia.

As he runs the gamut from Aristotelian syllogisms to artificial intelligence, Professor Cliff uses some inventive examples to illustrate his concepts. At one point, he gets some seven-year-olds to dress up as computer parts to perform a simple calculation. The poor kids look completely baffled by the whole thing. I'm glad I wasn't the only one.


Computer scientist Dave Cliff provides a light-hearted look at the worlds of philosophy, mathematics, science and technology, all of which require a sound basis of logic. The professor creates the world's first child-run computer, and meets youngsters competing in the International Olympiad of Informatics in Brisbane, Australia, before assessing whether mankind can stay ahead in the field of logistics, or whether it is in danger of creating a machine smarter than the most logical human mind.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Dave Cliff
Executive Producer Archie Baron
Producer Catherine Abbott