A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genuis and Nobel Laureate John Nash

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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genuis and Nobel Laureate John Nash

by Sylvia Nasar

Simon & Schuster | July 12, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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“HOW COULD YOU, A MATHEMATICIAN, BELIEVE THAT EXTRATERRESTRIALS WERE SENDING YOU MESSAGES?” the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. “Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did,” came the answer. “So I took them seriously.”

Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who—thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community—emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution. The inspiration for an Academy Award–winning movie, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over adversity, and the healing power of love.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.1 in

Published: July 12, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451628420

ISBN - 13: 9781451628425

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genuis and Nobel Laureate John Nash

A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genuis and Nobel Laureate John Nash

by Sylvia Nasar

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.1 in

Published: July 12, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451628420

ISBN - 13: 9781451628425

About the Book

The bestselling, prize-winning biography of a mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia, miraculously recovered, and then won a Nobel Prize.

Table of Contents

ContentsProloguePart One: A Beautiful Mind1 Bluefield (1928-45)2 Carnegie Institute of Technology (June 1945-June 1948)3 The Center of the Universe (Princeton, Fall 1948)4 School of Genius (Princeton, Fall 1948)5 Genius (Princeton, 1948-49)6 Games (Princeton, Spring 1949.)7 John von Neumann (Princeton, 1948-49)8 The Theory of Games9 The Bargaining Problem (Princeton, Spring 1949)10 Nash's Rival Idea (Princeton, 1949-50)11 Lloyd (Princeton, 1950)12 The War of Wits (RAND, Summer 1950)13 Game Theory at RAND14 The Draft (Princeton, 195O-51)15 A Beautiful Theorem (Princeton, 1950-51)16 MIT17 Bad Boys18 Experiments (RAND, Summer 1952)19 Reds (Spring 1953)20 GeometryPart Two: Separate Lives21 Singularity22 A Special Friendship (Santa Monica, Summer 1952)23 Eleanor24 Jack25 The Arrest (RAND, Summer 1954)26 Alicia27 The Courtship28 Seattle (Summer 1956)29 Death and Marriage (1956-57)Part Three: A Slow Fire Burning30 Olden Lane and Washington Square (1956-57)31 The Bomb Factory32 Secrets (Summer 1958)33 Schemes (Fall 1958)34 The Emperor of Antarctica35 In the Eye of the Storm (Spring 1959)36 Day-Breaks in Bowditch Hall (McLean Hospital, April-May, 1959)37 Mad Hatter's Tea (May-June 1959)Part Four: The Lost Years38 Citoyen du Monde (Paris and Geneva, 1959-60)39 Absolute Zero (Princeton, 1960)40 Tower of Silence (Trenton State Hospital, 1961)41 An Interlude of Enforced Rationality (July 1961-April 1963)42 The "Blowing Up" Problem (Princeton and Carrier Clinic, 1963-65)43 Solitude (Boston
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“HOW COULD YOU, A MATHEMATICIAN, BELIEVE THAT EXTRATERRESTRIALS WERE SENDING YOU MESSAGES?” the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. “Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did,” came the answer. “So I took them seriously.”

Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who—thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community—emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution. The inspiration for an Academy Award–winning movie, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over adversity, and the healing power of love.

About the Author

Sylvia Nasar, an economic correspondent for the New York Times, is the author of A Beautiful Mind. The book is a biography of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr. Nasar's book details, his rise, decline into mental illness, recovery, and winning of the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Editorial Reviews

The Boston Globe Superbly written and eminently fascinating.