By Sylvia Nasar
During this dramatic and relocating biography, Sylvia Nasar re-creates the lifetime of a mathematical genius whose impressive profession used to be reduce brief by means of schizophrenia and who, after 3 many years of devastating psychological affliction, miraculously recovered and used to be commemorated with a Nobel Prize. a stunning brain strains the meteoric upward push of John Forbes Nash, Jr., from his lonely youth in West Virginia to his scholar years at Princeton, the place he encountered Albert Einstein, John von Neumann, and a bunch of alternative mathematical luminaries. At twenty-one, the good-looking, bold, eccentric graduate scholar invented what might turn into the main influential idea of rational human habit in glossy social technological know-how. Nash's contribution to video game idea could finally revolutionize the sector of economics. As a tender professor at MIT, nonetheless in his twenties, Nash dazzled the mathematical global via fixing a chain of deep difficulties deemed "impossible" through different mathematicians. As unconventional in his inner most existence as in his arithmetic, Nash fathered a baby with a lady he didn't marry. on the top of the McCarthy period, he was once expelled as a safety chance from the supersecret RAND company -- the chilly battle imagine tank the place he used to be a expert. At thirty, Nash used to be 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. that they had a son. Then Nash suffered a catastrophic psychological breakdown. Nasar info 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 to surrender his American citizenship; his repeated hospitalizations, from the storied McLean, the place he got here to grasp the poet Robert Lowell, to the crowded wards of a nation health center; his "enforced interludes of rationality" within which he used to be capable of go back in brief to mathematical study. Nash and his spouse have been divorced in 1963, yet Alicia Nash persevered to deal with him and for his or her mathematically proficient son, who used to be clinically determined with schizophrenia as undefined. kept from homelessness through his unswerving ex-wife and guarded through a handful of mathematical buddies, Nash lived quietly in Princeton for a few years, a dreamy, ghostlike determine who scrawled numerological messages on blackboards, all yet forgotten by way of the skin global. His early achievements, although, fired the mind's eye of a brand new iteration of students. At age sixty-six, dual miracles -- a spontaneous remission of his disease and the unexpected determination of the Nobel Prize committee to honor his contributions to online game conception -- restored the realm to him. Nasar recounts the sour behind-the-scenes conflict in Stockholm over even if to provide the final word honor in technological know-how 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 hundreds of thousands of interviews with Nash's kinfolk, associates, and co-workers and ratings of letters and records, a stunning brain is a heartbreaking yet inspiring tale in regards to the so much striking mathematician of our time and his conquer a sad ailment.
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Extra info for A Beautiful Mind : A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr.
I like it. I am just not good at it. Was that what it was like for you when you were a kid? Please write back. S. I LOVE your name. — Sylvia Nasar Prologue Where the statue stood Of Newton with his prism and silent face, The marble index of a mind for ever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone. — WILLIAM WORDSWORTH 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.
He fled to Europe several times, was hospitalized involuntarily half a dozen times for periods up to a year and a half, was subjected to all sorts of drug and shock treatments, experienced brief remissions and episodes of hope that lasted only a few months, and finally became a sad phantom who haunted the Princeton University campus where he had once been a brilliant graduate student, oddly dressed, muttering to himself, writing mysterious messages on blackboards, year after year. The origins of schizophrenia are mysterious.
And it made math seem cool. Dear Mr. Nash, Hi! I am 9 years old. My name is Ellie. I am a girl. I really admire you. You are my roll [sic] model for a lot of things. I think you are the smartest person who ever lived. I really wish to be like you. I would love to study math. The only problem with that is that I am not very good at math. I can do it. I like it. I am just not good at it. Was that what it was like for you when you were a kid? Please write back. S. I LOVE your name. — Sylvia Nasar Prologue Where the statue stood Of Newton with his prism and silent face, The marble index of a mind for ever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.