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By Sylvia Nasar
During this dramatic and relocating biography, Sylvia Nasar re-creates the lifetime of a mathematical genius whose very good occupation was once minimize brief via schizophrenia and who, after 3 many years of devastating psychological sickness, miraculously recovered and was once commemorated with a Nobel Prize. a gorgeous brain lines the meteoric upward push of John Forbes Nash, Jr., from his lonely formative years in West Virginia to his pupil years at Princeton, the place he encountered Albert Einstein, John von Neumann, and a number of different mathematical luminaries. At twenty-one, the good-looking, formidable, eccentric graduate pupil invented what might turn into the main influential concept of rational human habit in smooth social technological know-how. Nash's contribution to online game concept could eventually revolutionize the sphere of economics. As a tender professor at MIT, nonetheless in his twenties, Nash dazzled the mathematical global via fixing a sequence of deep difficulties deemed "impossible" via different mathematicians. As unconventional in his deepest lifestyles as in his arithmetic, Nash fathered a toddler with a girl he didn't marry. on the peak of the McCarthy period, he used to be expelled as a safety threat from the supersecret RAND company -- the chilly struggle imagine tank the place he used to be a expert. At thirty, Nash was once poised to take his dreamed-of position within the pantheon of history's maximum mathematicians. His affiliates integrated the main well known mathematicians and economists of the period: Norbert Wiener, John Milnor, Alexandre Grothendieck, Kenneth Arrow, Robert Solow, and Paul Samuelson. He married an unique and gorgeous MIT physics pupil, Alicia Larde. they'd a son. Then Nash suffered a catastrophic psychological breakdown. Nasar information Nash's harrowing descent into madness -- his weird and wonderful delusions that he was once the Prince of Peace; his resignation from MIT, flight to Europe, and try and resign his American citizenship; his repeated hospitalizations, from the storied McLean, the place he got here to understand the poet Robert Lowell, to the crowded wards of a kingdom health facility; his "enforced interludes of rationality" within which he used to be capable of go back in short to mathematical learn. Nash and his spouse have been divorced in 1963, yet Alicia Nash persevered to deal with him and for his or her mathematically talented son, who used to be clinically determined with schizophrenia as undefined. kept from homelessness via his dependable ex-wife and guarded by means of a handful of mathematical associates, Nash lived quietly in Princeton for a few years, a dreamy, ghostlike determine who scrawled numerological messages on blackboards, all yet forgotten via the skin international. His early achievements, despite the fact that, fired the mind's eye of a brand new new release of students. At age sixty-six, dual miracles -- a spontaneous remission of his affliction and the unexpected determination of the Nobel Prize committee to honor his contributions to online game idea -- restored the realm to him. Nasar recounts the sour behind-the-scenes conflict in Stockholm over no matter if to supply the final word honor in technology to a guy considered "mad." She describes Nash's present ambition to pursue new mathematical breakthroughs and his efforts to be a loving father to his grownup sons. in accordance with 1000's of interviews with Nash's family members, pals, and co-workers and ratings of letters and records, a stunning brain is a heartbreaking yet inspiring tale concerning the so much outstanding mathematician of our time and his overcome a sad affliction.
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Extra resources for A Beautiful Mind : A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Underneath the brilliant surface of his life, all was chaos and contradiction: his involvements with other men; a secret mistress and a neglected illegitimate son; a deep ambivalence toward the wife who adored him, the university that nurtured him, even his country; and, increasingly, a haunting fear of failure. And the chaos eventually welled up, spilled over, and swept away the fragile edifice of his carefully constructed life. The first visible signs of Nash’s slide from eccentricity into madness appeared when he was thirty and was about to be made a full professor at MIT.
1. , 1928– . 2. Mathematicians — United States — Biography I. 92 [B]— DC21 98-2795 ISBN-13: 978-0-684-81906-8 ISBN-10: 0-684-81906-8 ISBN-13: 978-1-4516-2842-5 (pbk) ISBN: 978-1-4391-2649-3 (ebook) The author and publisher gratefully acknowledge permission to reprint material from the following works: “The RAND Hymn,” words and music by Malvina Reynolds, © copyright 1961 by Schroeder Music Co. (ASCAP). Used by permission. All rights reserved. “John F. ” (Autobiographical Essay) and “The Work of John Nash in Game Theory” (Nobel Seminar), in Les Prix Nobel 1994 (Stockholm: Norstedts Tryckeri, 1995).
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A Beautiful Mind : A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr. by Sylvia Nasar