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A Beautiful Mind Paperback – 4 Feb 2002
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A Beautiful Mind in some ways could join the ranks of stories of famously eccentric Princetonians--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. Another much-related story on campus concerns the "Phantom of Fine Hall", a figure many students had seen shuffling around the corridors of the maths and physics building wearing purple sneakers and writing numerology treatises on the blackboards. This was in fact John Nash, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of his generation, who had spiralled 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). This highly recommended book is indeed "a story about the mystery of the human mind, in three acts: genius, madness, reawakening". --Mary Ellen Curtin, Amazon.com
(This)brilliantly combines an intellectual history of an abstruse branch of mathematics, a love story, and an investigation into genius and madness. -- Sunday Telegraph, 18 July 1999
A compelling book about a phenomenal figure. Sylvia Nasar manages to illuminate both the man and his maths. -- Roy Porter, The Times, 10 September 1998
A detailed, sensitive and multi-sided account of the bizarre life of the mathematician John Nash. -- Daily Telegraph, 21 November 1998
An intriguing analysis of the tortured life of John Nash, mathematical genius and Nobel laureate extraordinary. -- Observer, 20 September 1998
As a gripping narrative, as an account of mental illness and as a study of a very interesting scholar, I think this book should find many readers. -- Times Higher Educational Supplement, 23 October 1998
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Nasar does presuppose a limited understanding of mathmatics, and some of the more abstract concepts may have been somewhat lost on me, but that didn't deter me int he slightest. The comprehensive referencing that Naser provides is reassuring that the account will be broadly accurate.
I didn't find the writing unduly flattering to Nash's achievements and indeed, ragarding his personal life it did seem to take a "warts and all" approach, giving the subject the objective respect it undoubtedly deserves. Needless to say, the biography did shed a great deal of light on the enigmatic character that is Nash, and I have re-read the book and have no doubt that I will again in the future.
As for comparisons against the film - I am a big fan of the motion-picture inspired by this biography, but rest assured that it isn't an accurate account of Nash's life and work, merely an entertaining fictionalisation of it.
The author has done a huge amount of research and writes convincingly and well about all aspects of his life, most of which are unknown to the rest of us. I found it a gripping read,
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