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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical…

A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John… (1998)

by Sylvia Nasar

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Biography of mathematician John Nash ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
I was wondering why this book seemed so inferior to Nasar's "The Grand Pursuit". Maybe it's because it was abridged for audio.

This book was worthwhile, because it let me in on a few interesting bits that I didn't know, e.g., Nash made significant contributions outside game theory, he did a lot of traveling in Europe shortly before and after he became sick, Oppenheimer interceded for him a couple of times. But it was not particularly insightful or exciting. ( )
  themulhern | Oct 16, 2016 |
rivka points out that this would make a good book club selection...
also her review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/7084053 she says that lots of stuff was wrong, including the schizophrenic spy stuff came from the minds of the filmmakers.""
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Too much math! ( )
  nljacobs | Jan 19, 2016 |
Fascinating and very detailed biography of John Nash. Nash produced groundbreaking work in various mathematical fields, well ahead of his time, until he developed schizophrenia in his early 30s. However, he made a remarkable spontaneous recovery in the 1980s and in 1994 he was finally awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics for his outstanding contribution to game theory. It is sad to say that the stigma surrounding mental health prevented earlier recognition of his work despite widespread citations. The author does an excellent job of explaining the mathematics so that this layman could understand the beauty and significance, if not the details. Highly recommended. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Aug 12, 2015 |
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Sylvia Nasar, an economics correspondent for the New York Times, presents the life "without theory" of John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius and inventor of theories of rational behavior, who was a Wunderkind at Princeton when it was populated by the likes of Albert Einstein, John von Neumann and other 20th century luminaries.
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Another race hath been, and other palms are won. /  Thanks to the human heart by which we live, / Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears, / To me the meanest flower that blows can give / Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears. -- William Wordsworth, "Intimations of Immortality"
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Stories 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, 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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The true story of John Nash, the math genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness; through the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community he emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize; now a major motion picture--Cover.… (more)

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