A Beautiful Mind

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 8, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 461 pages
The powerful, dramatic biography of math genius John Nash, who overcame serious mental illness and schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize. Now an Academy Award–winning film starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, and directed by Ron Howard.

“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.
 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Prologue
11
A Beautiful Mind
23
Bluefield 192845
25
Carnegie Institute of Technology June 19451948
40
The Center of the Universe Princeton Fall 1948
49
School of Genius Princeton Fall 1948
58
Genius Princeton 194849
66
Seattle Summer 1956
203
Death and Marriage 195657
208
A Slow Fire Burning
213
Olden Lane and Washington Square 195657
215
The Bomb Factory
222
Secrets Summer 1958
228
Schemes Fall 1958
235
The Emperor of Antarctica
239

Games Princeton Spring 1949
75
John von Neumann Princeton 194849
79
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 Teas MayJune 1959
262
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 BlowingUp Problem Princeton and Carrier Clinic 196365
305
Solitude Boston 196567 3 14
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
Notes
391
Select Bibliography
437
Acknowledgments
441
Index
443
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About the author (2011)

Sylvia Nasar is the author of the bestselling A Beautiful Mind, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. She is the John S. and James. L Knight Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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