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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John… (original 1998; edition 2001)

by Sylvia Nasar

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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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Title:A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
Authors:Sylvia Nasar
Info:Touchstone (2001), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 464 pages
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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar (Author) (1998)

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Well-written and meticulously researched biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr. (1928-2015 according to Wikipedia), a brilliant American mathematician who descended into severe mental illness but recovered sufficiently to win the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics, and whose life inspired the film A Beautiful Mind . ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
Taking a break from this one. A bit dry for my taste and I just don't get the math and economics.
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
If you are expecting to read about the tragic story that has been shown in the Motion Picture that has won millions of people's hearts, I've got to start by telling you that this is not a Movie Tie-In of any kind, for the real life of John Nash was immensely different from the life of John Nash that has been shown in the Motion Picture. John Nash was indeed a Mathematician, A Nobel-Prize Winner, and a Madman, but he was nothing like the character the actor has portrayed in the Motion Picture. So don't expect to read about many things that have been seen in the Motion Picture, for some of them have never been part of the real John Nash's life. What you can expect to read about though, is some of the most complex concepts in the world of Math Theory and Game theory, and many other things from the real John Nash's life. Got to warn you though, that some of the things mentioned in this book are far from pretty. ( )
1 vote Champ88 | Dec 25, 2019 |
The biography of John Nash a brilliant man whose mental illness interrupts his life and affects those around him. He seems to be different or strange long before the mental illness takes over his life. 2044 will be an interesting to find out what went into his selection for the Nobel Prize. 2044 is when scholars can look at the notes and discussion that went into Nash's selection. Somehow with all that Nash dealt with he beats the odds and makes a recovery or remission depending on who is talking. This story is a testament to love, friends and coworkers who will not quit and try to help a man in trouble. ( )
  foof2you | Dec 8, 2019 |
Started but did not complete reading.
  Bookish59 | Jul 21, 2019 |
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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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John Forbes Nash, Jr. - mathematical genius, inventor of a theory of rational behavior, visionary of the thinking machine - had been sitting with his visitor, also a mathematician, for nearly half an hour.
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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.

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