A Beautiful Mind : A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr.

A Beautiful Mind : A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr. by Sylvia Nasar 0684819066 9780684819068
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In this dramatic and moving biography, Sylvia Nasar re-creates the life of a mathematical genius whose brilliant career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize. <P> A Beautiful Mind traces the meteoric rise of John Forbes Nash, Jr., from his lonely childhood in West Virginia to his student years at Princeton, where he encountered Albert Einstein, John von Neumann, and a host of other mathematical luminaries. At twenty-one, the handsome, ambitious, eccentric graduate student invented what would become the most influential theory of rational human behavior in modern social science. Nashs contribution to game theory would ultimately revolutionize the field of economics. <P> As a young professor at MIT, still in his twenties, Nash dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed impossible by other mathematicians. As unconventional in his private life as in his mathematics, Nash fathered a child with a woman he did not marry. At the height of the McCarthy era, he was expelled as a security risk from

Author: Sylvia Nasar

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 464

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 1998-06-12


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