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A Beautiful Mind

The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

By Sylvia Nasar
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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar

The unique story of John Forbes Nash Jr. is one of genius, insanity and recovery. The subject of the Oscar-winning film of the same name, A Beautiful Mind (1998) chronicles the remarkable life of a mathematical genius who, at the age of 30, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and had his world flipped upside down. Three decades later, after a miraculous recovery, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work in game theory.

  • Students of mathematics or economics looking for inspiration
  • Anyone wanting to understand more about schizophrenia or mental illnesses
  • Fans of the film who want to dive deeper into Nash’s life

Sylvia Nasar is an American journalist who previously worked as economics correspondent for the New York Times. She is also the author of the award-winning Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius.

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