A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994

Book - 1998
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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.

"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. Nash's contribution to game theory would ultimately revolutionize the field of economics.

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

Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780684819068
Characteristics: 459 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.


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Oct 22, 2020

A well researched, but somewhat flatly written biography of the mathematician who was awarded a Nobel in economics. It was not very enjoyable to read. One gets a very different impression of the man than from the movie. The madness is mostly described, with no examples. There is far too little mathematics in the book: almost none at all. Instead, the problems are described as well as the solutions (but mostly they are just praised). The typeface is rather small. Lengthy index.

Jan 24, 2018

I only finished this biography because I said I would.
John was so repulsive and abusive that I felt like I was wasting my time reading about him.
The book IS well written though.

Jun 06, 2017

Well written and certainly thorough. John Nash lived an interesting life, but he doesn't come across as a particularly likable person (or one to whom it is particularly easy to relate).

Jan 20, 2013

A beautiful mind and a beautiful biography. They don't come better than this. A great read.

Sep 19, 2012

The movie's fine as a dramatization (although not great as an adaptation, and often more fiction than fact), but the book is much better. The real story would be hard to film properly, since the drama is as much one of ideas as of people.

Dec 05, 2007

Finalist 1999 Pulitzer prize.


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