A Beautiful Mind

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 12, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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In this powerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly recreates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize.

“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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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

I was wondering why this book seemed so inferior to Nasar's "The Grand Pursuit". Maybe it's because it was abridged for audio. This book was worthwhile, because it let me in on a few interesting bits ... Read full review

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Haven't seen the movie, and don't intend to. I'm not much of a movie fan. This is a comprehensive biography of John Nash that provides a glimpse into the worlds of academia, mental illness, and the ... Read full review

Contents

Schemes Fall 1958
235
The Emperor ofAntarctica
239
In the Eye of the Storm Spring 1959
248
Day Breaks in Bowditch Hall
253
Mad Hatters Teas MayJune 1959
262
The Lost Years
267
Citoyen du Monde Paris and Geneva 195960
269
Absolute Zero Princeton 1960
283

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
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
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
Seattle Summer 1956
203
A Slow Fire Burning
213
Olden Lane and Washington Square 195657
215
The Bomb Factory
222
Secrets Summer 1958
228
Tower of Silence Trenton State Hospital 1961
288
An Interlude of Enforced Rationality 295 42 The BlowingUp Problem July 1961April 1963
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Solitude Boston 196567
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A Man All Alone in a Strange World Roanoke 196770
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Phantom of Fine Hall Princeton 1970s
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A Quiet Life Princeton 197090
340
The Most Worthy
347
Remission
349
The Prize
356
The Greatest Auction Ever
374
Reawakening Princeton 199597
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Epilogue
389
Notes
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Death and Marriage 195657
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Select Bibliography
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Acknowledgments
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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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