A Beautiful Mind
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A Beautiful Mind
Sylvia Nasar
Biography & Memoir
Jul 30, 2018
Before he was thirty years old, John Forbes Nash Jr. had proposed an influential theory of rational behavior and promoted visionary computing concepts. His work was original and varied: He was a pioneer of game theory and differential geometry, and his ideas have proved relevant to subjects that range from artificial intelligence to markets and money to military decision-making. But beginning in 1959, paranoid schizophrenia crippled Nash’s “beautiful mind” for decades, wreaking havoc with his public and private life in ways that Sylvia Nasar describes with intelligence and sympathy in A Beautiful Mind. This dramatic life story includes a stunning final act: Inexplicably, in about 1989, Nash began to show signs of recovery and started doing significant mathematics again. After the inexplicable came the miraculous—in 1994, Nash shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (albeit for his early work in game theory). A Beautiful Mind is an extraordinary study of the fragile nature of genius.
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