A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind Stories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea the model for The Absent Minded Professor or Ralph Nader said to have had his own key to the library as an un

Stories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea, the model for The Absent Minded Professor, or Ralph Nader, said to have had his own key to the library as an undergraduate Or the Phantom of Fine Hall, a figure many students had seen shuffling around the corridors of the math and physics building wearing purple sneakers and writinStories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea, the model for The Absent Minded Professor, or Ralph Nader, said to have had his own key to the library as an undergraduate Or the Phantom of Fine Hall, a figure many students had seen shuffling around the corridors of the math and physics building wearing purple sneakers and writing numerology treatises on the blackboards The Phantom was John Nash, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of his generation, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in the 1950s His most important work had been in game theory, which by the 1980s was underpinning a large part of economics When the Nobel Prize committee began debating a prize for game theory, Nash s name inevitably came up only to be dismissed, since the prize clearly could not go to a madman But in 1994 Nash, in remission from schizophrenia, shared the Nobel Prize in economics for work done some 45 years previously.Economist and journalist Sylvia Nasar has written a biography of Nash that looks at all sides of his life She gives an intelligent, understandable exposition of his mathematical ideas and a picture of schizophrenia that is evocative but decidedly unromantic Her story of the machinations behind Nash s Nobel is fascinating and one of very few such accounts available in print the CIA could learn a thing or two from the Nobel committees.

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  1. Sylvia Nasar was born to a German mother and Uzbek father Her family immigrated to the United States in 1951, then moved to Ankara, Turkey in 1960 She graduated from Antioch College in 1970, and earned a masters degree in economics at New York University in 1976 For four years, she did research with Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief She is currently the Knight Chair in Business Journalism at Columbia University Her husband is economist Darryl McLeod They have three children and live in Tarrytown, New York.

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  1. My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional and back It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found I m only here tonight because of you You are the reason I am You are all my reasons I ve always believed in numbers and the equations and logics that lead to reason The ghost of Fine Hall 1994 2001

  2. Highly recommended book.I loved the movie,I ve seen.Then,I had found it is based on a novel.Great story.How a great scientist flows with his intellects wrapped in complex mind.Epic dialogues and theme.I m thankful to read the book and watched the movie.

  3. The book is about the life story of John Forbes Nash a mathematical genius and inventor of a theory of rational behaviour for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1994 Presenting a characterization of schyzophrenia, the author helps in informing the reader about the circumstances under which a spontaneous recovery from his dementing and degenerative disease believed to be so rare, became a possibility for John Nash Finally, the story of Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash, Jr proves that psychi [...]

  4. I read very few biographies, so I have trouble evaluating this within its field That said, I found it fascinating, but a bit drier than I typically like my recreational nonfiction.But it is a fascinating and disturbing story Nash lived still is living, I guess a really complicated life, even aside from his illness Like many geniuses, he was a difficult personality He apparently used to stand on the table in the middle of Princeton s math department grad student meetings and put down anybody who [...]

  5. More reviews at The Story Within The StoryAt first glance, a biography of a mathematician would seem to make for a read dryer than the Sahara However, John Nash is no ordinary mathematician and Sylvia Nasar is no ordinary biographer In her capable hands, the life of John Nash comes to life in all of its brilliant, dark, pessimistic, extraordinary, callous wonder John Forbes Nash, Jr is a mathematical genius whose extraordinary mind developed the structure for what became known as Game Theory rev [...]

  6. The book conveys a convincing portrayal of mental illness but, it is unpleasant to read I found that I didn t enjoy spending so much time with a person who, in addition to being a genius, and mentally ill, was basically a creep The movie was better mainly because the screenplay converted Nash into a likeable guy helped to be played by Russell Crow If you haven t read the book or seen the movie I recommend the latter But keep in mind it s not a terribly truthful portrayal.

  7. How could you, Mackey asked, how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof how could you believe that extra terrestrials are sending you messages How could you believe that you are being recruited by aliens from outer space to save the world How could you Nash looked up at last and fixed Mackey with an unblinking stare as cool and dispassionate as that of any bird or snake Because, Nash said slowly in his soft, reasonable southern drawl, as if talking to himself, the [...]

  8. A Beautiful Mind is one of those books that I loved so much, and learned so much from reading that I ve yet to actually review it However, in light of the news that the man behind the eponymous mind,John Forbes Nash Jris no longer with us I thought I d at least take the time to recommend the book, if not to explain why.

  9. I would have never gotten through this book if it wasn t an audiobook Author Sylvia Nasar presented a comprehensive narrative of John Forbes Nash s life Unfortunately, she was absent from school the days they taught about engaging your audience, limiting your topic, and just about every other skill related to literature She is no doubt a wonderful researcher, but includes details so small as to call into question her own sanity, let alone the sanity of her subject.This book was a lot like watchi [...]

  10. It seems to be a commonly held belief that genius often goes hand in hand with mental illness I ve often wondered if this is actually the case or whether it s just that most people have never heard of most genius level intellects that aren t afflicted in this way How many of us could honestly say we d ever have heard of John Nash if it weren t for his prolonged battle with schizophrenia if battle is even the right word I admit that I d not heard of him until my wife recommended the movie to me a [...]

  11. This biography was the basis for the popular film A Beautiful Mind a few years ago It s the fascinating story of an arrogant young mathematician who began his career with genius level work in mathetmatics, succumbed to paranoid schizophrenia in his thirties, and ultimately experienced a remission in the late 80s and was awarded the Nobel Prize for his early work in game theory.Reading about Nash s early life and the beginning of his career, I couldn t help but notice that he was always rather an [...]

  12. I was thinking of this book again because of the deaths of John and Alicia Nash At this remove, I cannot remember any details We had this book on audio during a car trip In 2002 the medium may have been tape We either had the book as well, or, if not, I was picking my husband s brain on the story s mathematical aspects The story was well told, very moving the aspects relating to his schizophrenia passed muster with me Later we saw the film, and I was appalled thought the schizophrenia had been r [...]

  13. Update 24 05 15Noble Laureate, Genius Mathematician John Nash is no longer with us He is killed in a car accident along with his wife.nbcnews news us news j This is the story of John Forbes Nash, Jr It is a story about the mystery of the human mind, in three acts 1 GENIUS Perhaps John Nash was the greatest mathematical genius ever born in his times He grew up as a child who lacked social skills which his parents feared the most , days he locked himself up in dark room with books alone, has no cl [...]

  14. When it comes to geniuses, a few archetypes generally come to mind They re often characterized as under appreciated geeks with hearts of gold think the entire cast of Revenge of the Nerds or as slightly spaced out but cuddly old men think Einstein Or they re quixotic coyotes forever trying to nab that pesky road runner In any case, the word noble probably applies, at some level, to most conceptions of the intellectually gifted.This is not true of John Nash, the subject of the biography A Beautif [...]

  15. 1928 1950 1958 1959 1970 Nash Thank you I ve always believed in numbers and the equations and logics that lead to reason But after a lifetime of such pursuits, I ask, What truly is logic Who decides reason My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional and back And I have made the most important discovery of my career, the most important discovery of my life It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found I [...]

  16. I hardly finished part one of this book, it s too slow, filled with information and details even about John Nash s friends, the writer wanted to give us a full picture about John Nash s life and the people around him , but it seemed as if she wanted to have pages filled.I liked the Idea of reading about a Mathematician but it was enough with the writerJohn Nash is an interesting extraordinary man, I liked him through the documentary and the movie but not the novel here are people stories living [...]

  17. This is one of those books where writing a review was so daunting that I didn t get to it right away and so never got to it at all.But even though it has now been almost 3 years since I read it, I will try to come up with something Because I see several friends who had it as to read 3 years ago still have not read it, and they should I enjoyed the movie that is loosely based on this book But it takes a lot of liberties with the facts skipping Nash s early life altogether, ignoring omitting his [...]

  18. One of my every now and then favorites,John Nash is a role model a distinguished spring of inspiration to those who believe in their own worlds,other than moving unconsciously on the roads of the others ones,RIP JOHN with your beloved,dedicated wife Alicia Lopez Harrison de Lard who he said about,in his Nobel Prize acceptance Speech I m only here tonight because of you,you are the reason I m,you are all my reasons

  19. One cannot avoid the temptation of reading the book, after watching the movie twice The movie is excellent in the way it describes schizophrenia a form of better than many textbooks One can actually see the mind at work of a math genius called Nash and even empathize with his afflictions his inner struggle.From nearly the onset of the pathology, to its development, treatment and some recovery by Nash s free willd his wife s love , the movie tells a story through time Nash while a student in coll [...]

  20. Where I got the book audiobook downloaded from Audible.I haven t had an Audible subscription for ages but I knew there were some books on there I hadn t listened to I was surprised to find this one among them Why, I wondered, had I picked a book about a mathematician I d personally never heard of By the time my youngest was in freshman year at high school I could no longer follow what she was doing in math Actually, that was probably true in 8th grade Ok, 7th grade You get the picture I m not a [...]

  21. Update of 7 2017 I recently learned that John Nash had a letter of recommendation written by Herbert Simon, he of the Nobel Prize deconstructing Rational Model Theory Who knows, maybe Nash and Simon were working on the same problems in some way But it appears that Nash was already of two minds in early university days his own and Simon s Then again, have you ever noticed how many bank clerks, librarians, grammar school teachers, and accountants become paranoid, tinpot dictators somehow Original [...]

  22. This was one of my favorite reads of 2017 I never thought I would be so interested in details about math theorems, math colleges, and history of math Apart from the rich setting, I quite enjoyed learning about Nash, and I learned so much about him than from watching the movie based on this biography naturally.Anyways, I love this book so so much It has been 4 months since I read it, and I still feel fuzzy and warm inside when I spot it on my shelf

  23. A seguito dell assegnazione nel 1994 del premio in memoria di Alfred Nobel istituito dalla Banca di Svezia a John Forbes Nash Jr, la giornalista del New York Times Sylvia Nasar fu incaricata di redigere alcuni articoli dedicati al matematico le singolari e drammatiche vicende della vita di Nash colpirono profondamente Nasar e la indussero a passare i successivi tre anni a raccogliere informazioni e documenti per scrivere la prima biografia dell ormai illustre matematico, uscita nel 1998 e divent [...]

  24. I remember being mesmerized by Russel Crowe s performance in the movie I hadn t heard of Nash before and was hooked since Nassar s book provides a wealth of detail about the maverick Nobel Laureate and a glimpse into his amazing life.

  25. I never would have thought a book on a real life person to be interesting than the fictitious movie the book had inspired It was amazing and so painfully cited that although it was an unofficial rendition of the life John Forbes Nash, Jr, it was in fact, real than ever Made you really wonder that it wasn t even for someone with a brilliant mind, it was a difficult life and a difficult time.It wasn t always that the truth can be as puzzling as the reality A Beautiful Mind is just like that It [...]

  26. Well Well, if you want to see a nice film about a nice man conquering a nice mental illness then watch the film If you want to find out about an awful guy getting an awful disease and ruining the lives of everybody that got close to him, then read the book Sylvia Nasar paints a painful picture of loss She describes the mystery world of schizophrenia as seen through the eyes of those people most hurt by it, the family and friends of John Nash As a reader I couldn t help but sympathise with Alicia [...]

  27. In A beautiful mind it tells a story about Mr Nash He is like all of the other kids when he was younger The book is a time line of his life As the story proceeds, you will get pulled into his world There are some of problems in his life that he will have to face or go through He also, triumphs his old fears of his school and his friends Towards the middle of the story Like everyone in the story, Mr.Nash goes through some changes He also,meets some new people that shares his interest in his study [...]

  28. The story is quite interesting I didn t like the style of writing There are too much information and details that makes it very unpleasant to read I really struggled to finish the book Sadly, For the first time, i would say the movie was better than the book.

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