A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia NasarStories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound—such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea, the model for The Absent-Minded Professor, or Ralph Nader, said to have had his own key to the library as an undergraduate. Or the Phantom of Fine Hall, a figure many students had seen shuffling around the corridors of the math and physics building wearing purple sneakers and writing numerology treatises on the blackboards. The Phantom was John Nash, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of his generation, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in the 1950s. His most important work had been in game theory, which by the 1980s was underpinning a large part of economics. When the Nobel Prize committee began debating a prize for game theory, Nashs name inevitably came up—only to be dismissed, since the prize clearly could not go to a madman. But in 1994 Nash, in remission from schizophrenia, shared the Nobel Prize in economics for work done some 45 years previously.
Economist and journalist Sylvia Nasar has written a biography of Nash that looks at all sides of his life. She gives an intelligent, understandable exposition of his mathematical ideas and a picture of schizophrenia that is evocative but decidedly unromantic. Her story of the machinations behind Nashs Nobel is fascinating and one of very few such accounts available in print (the CIA could learn a thing or two from the Nobel committees).
A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind , American biographical film , released in , that told the story of American Nobel Prize winner John Nash , whose innovative work on game theory in mathematics was in many ways overshadowed by decades of mental illness. Nash is arrogant and dismissive of his classmates but gets along with his roommate Charles Paul Bettany. Nash generally pursues his studies alone but, when Charles suggests that he take a break and go to a bar, Nash agrees. Nash later receives an appointment to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , where Sol and Bender become his assistants. A few years later, he is asked to the Pentagon to decrypt coded Russian communications.
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Written by journalism professor Sylvia Nasar, this book is an unauthorized biography of the award-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. In , he was one of three recipients who shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their work with game theory. The film A Beautiful Mind was inspired by the biography of the same name, but differs from the book in several notable ways. Released on Blu-ray in North America on 25 January, The mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr.