A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

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Read A Beautiful Mind Online Free - 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).

Title : A Beautiful Mind
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ISBN : 0571212921
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 461 pages


Huda rated it ★★★★★

September 07, 2017

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Hirdesh rated it ★★★★★

March 02, 2017

Highly recommended book. I loved the movie,I've seen. Then,I had found it is based on a novel. Great story. How a great scientist flows with his intellects wrapped in complex mind. Epic dialogues and theme. I'm thankful to read the book and watched the movie.

Luís rated it ★★★★★

April 25, 2017

The book is about the life story of John Forbes Nash - a mathematical genius and inventor of a theory of rational behaviour for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1994. Presenting a characterization of schyzophrenia, the author helps in informing the reader about the circumstances under which...

Terran rated it ★★★★☆

January 31, 2009

I read very few biographies, so I have trouble evaluating this within its field. That said, I found it fascinating, but a bit drier than I typically like my (recreational) nonfiction. But it is a fascinating and disturbing story. Nash lived (still is living, I guess) a really complicated life, eve...

Chad rated it ★★★★☆

January 21, 2015

More reviews at The Story Within The Story At first glance, a biography of a mathematician would seem to make for a read dryer than the Sahara. However, John Nash is no ordinary mathematician and Sylvia Nasar is no ordinary biographer. In her capable hands, the life of John Nash comes to life…in a...

Eric_W rated it ★★★★★

April 13, 2009

"'How could you,' Mackey asked, 'how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof. . . how could you believe that extra terrestrials are sending you messages? How could you believe that you are being recruited by aliens from outer space to save the world? How could you ....

April rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 14, 2016

The book conveys a convincing portrayal of mental illness; but, it is unpleasant to read. I found that I didn't enjoy spending so much time with a person who, in addition to being a genius, and mentally ill, was basically a creep. The movie was better - mainly because the screenplay converted Nas...

Mara rated it ★★★★★

May 24, 2015

A Beautiful Mind is one of those books that I loved so much, and learned so much from reading that I've yet to actually review it. However, in light of the news that the man behind the eponymous mind, John Forbes Nash Jr., is no longer with us I thought I'd at least take the time to recomme...

Steven rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 02, 2011

I would have never gotten through this book if it wasn't an audiobook. Author Sylvia Nasar presented a comprehensive narrative of John Forbes Nash's life. Unfortunately, she was absent from school the days they taught about engaging your audience, limiting your topic, and just about every other s...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2016

It seems to be a commonly held belief that genius often goes hand-in-hand with mental illness. I've often wondered if this is actually the case or whether it's just that most people have never heard of most genius level intellects that aren't afflicted in this way. How many of us could honestly s...

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