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A beautiful mind: the life of mathematical genius and nobel laureate John Nash - Sylvia Nasar

A beautiful mind: the life of mathematical genius and nobel laureate John Nash - Sylvia Nasar

A Beautiful Mind in some ways could join the ranks of stories of famously eccentric ... more

Princetonians--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. Another
much-related story on campus concerns the "Phantom
of Fine Hall", a figure many students had seen
shuffling around the corridors of the maths and
physics building wearing purple sneakers and
writing numerology treatises on the blackboards.
This was in fact John Nash, one of the most
brilliant mathematicians of his generation, who
had spiralled 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, Nash's 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 Nash's 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). This highly
recommended book is indeed "a story about the
mystery of the human mind, in three acts: genius,
madness, reawakening". --Mary Ellen Curtin,

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At the age of 31 John Nash mathematical genius suffered a devastating breakdown and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Yet after decades of leading a ghost-like existence he was to re-emerge to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim. The inspiration for a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard Sylvia Nasar's award-winning biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind a triumph over incredible adversity and the healing power of love.

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EAN 9780571212927
Type Non-Fiction
Genre Biography
Publisher Faber and Faber
Title A Beautiful Mind
Author Sylvia Nasar


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