A Beautiful Mind

By Sylvia Nasar,

Book cover of A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

Book description

**Also an Academy Award–winning film starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly—directed by Ron Howard**

The powerful, dramatic biography of math genius John Nash, who overcame serious mental illness and schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize.

“How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?” the visitor from…

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2 authors picked A Beautiful Mind as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

A stunning biography of a brilliant mathematician, John Forbes Nash, and his descent and resurrection from madness, that became a hit movie.

Nasar makes both the mathematics and the personality of an early, unusual and important game theorist come alive for even the most math-adverse reader. This is an unusual account of recovery, of a mind apprehending the world of human competition, and a poetical love and coming-of-age story.

This is the life story of John Nash—wonderful and then sad and then amazing and finally tragic. One of the brightest stars of his generation – overwhelmed by mental illness. Followed by a rare recovery and the Nobel Prize in Economics for his paper on n-person games. And finally, of all the endings that were impossible but still came true, he was killed in a taxi accident on his way home from Stockholm.  

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