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 re-creates 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. A Beautiful Mind traces the meteoric rise of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of thirty, who dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed "impossible" by other mathematicians.
But at the height of his fame, Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown and began a harrowing descent into insanity, resigning his post at MIT, slipping into a series of bizarre delusions, and eventually becoming a dreamy, ghostlike figure at Princeton, scrawling numerological messages on blackboards. He was all but forgotten by the outside world -- until, remarkably, he emerged from his madness to win world acclaim. A feat of biographical writing, A Beautiful Mind is also a fascinating look at the extraordinary and fragile nature of genius.
 

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Review: A Beautiful Mind

User Review  - Trang Tran - Goodreads

Oh god I finally finished this 400-page text-dense book. Pros: clearly the author did some intense/exhaustive research on her subject. Cons: clearly the author did so much research she didn't want to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harshit Chauhan - Flipkart

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar is a Master Piece!! The only abominable thing about the book is the diminished font size but yes, if you are a hardcore reader, it is all fine. I recommend it. 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
295
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
374
Reawakening Princeton 199597
379
Epilogue
389
Notes
391
Death and Marriage 195657
415
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423
104
433
Select Bibliography
437
Acknowledgments
441
128
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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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