A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash, Issue 2001

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Simon and Schuster, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 461 pages
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In this 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. At thirty, Nash was poised to take his dreamed-of place in the pantheon of history's greatest mathematicians. Then Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown Nasar details Nash's harrowing descent into insanity - his bizarre delusions that he was the Prince of Peace; his resignation from MIT, flight to Europe, and attempt to renounce his American citizenship; his repeated hospitalizations, from the storied McLean, where he came to know the poet Robert Lowell, to the crowded wards of a state hospital; his "enforced interludes of rationality" during which he was able to return briefly to mathematical research. At age sixty-six, twin miracles - a spontaneous remission of his illness and the sudden decision of the Nobel Prize committee to honor his contributions to game theory - restored the world to him. Nasar recounts the bitter behind-the-scenes battle in Stockholm over whether to grant the ultimate honor in science to a man thought to be "mad." She describes Nash's current ambition to pursue new mathematical breakthroughs and his efforts to be a loving father to his adult sons.
  

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Contents

Prologue
11
A Beautiful Mind
23
Bluefydd 192845 25
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The Center of the Universe Princeton Fall 1948
49
School oi Genius Princeton Fall 1948
58
Genius Princeton 194849
66
Games Princeton Spring 1949
75
John von Neumann Princeton 194849
79
Seattle Summer 1956
203
Death and Marriage 195657
208
A Slow Fire Burning
213
Olden Lane and Washington Square 195657
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The Bomb Factory
222
Secrets Summer 1958
228
Schemes Fall 1958
235
The Emperor of Antarctica
239

The Theory of Games
83
The Bargaining Problem Princeton Spring 1949
88
Nashs Rival Idea Princeton 194950
92
Lloyd Princeton 1950
99
The War of Wits RAND Summer 1950
104
Game Theory at RAND
115
The Draft Princeton 195051
123
A Beautiful Theorem Princeton 195051
128
MIT
133
Bad Boys
139
Experiments RAND Summer 1952
147
Reds Spring 1953
152
Geometry
155
Separate Lives
165
Singularity
167
A Special Friendship Santa Monica Summer 1952
169
Eleanor
172
Jack
180
The Arrest RAND Summer 1954
184
Alicia
190
The Courtship
199
In the Eye of the Storm Spring 1959
248
Day Breaks in Bowditch Hall McLean Hospital AprilMay 1959
253
Mad Hatters Tea MayJune 1959
262
The Lost Years
267
Citoyen du Monde Paris and Geneva 195960
269
Absolute Zero Princeton 1960
283
Tower of Silence Trenton State Hospital 1961
288
An Interlude of Enforced Rationality July 1961April 1963
295
The Blowing Up Problem Princeton and Carrier Clinic 196565
305
Solitude Boston 196567
314
A Man All Alone in a Strange World Roanoke 196770
323
Phantom of Fine Hall Princeton 1970s
332
A Quiet Life Princeton 197090
340
The Most Worthy
347
Remission
349
The Prize
356
The Greatest Auction Ever Washington D C December 1994
374
Reawakening Princeton 199597
379
Epilogue
389
Select Bibliography
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About the author (1998)

A former economics correspondent for The New York Times, Sylvia Nasar is the Knight Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. She lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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