A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia NasarStories 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, Nashs 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 Nashs 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).
Summary of the Movie: A Beautiful Mind
Yes, that's right, the movie starts off by introducing us to John Nash, who's some kind of math whiz. He's just arrived at Princeton to start graduate school with a bunch of other math geniuses. It's kind of a math genius zoo, actually. With tweed coats. Unfortunately, John doesn't fit in immediately with his fellow zoo animals. First of all, he doesn't go to class that often, which right off the bat isolates him from everyone. Why is he at graduate school if he's not interested in going to class, you ask?
A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind , American biographical film , released in , that told the story of American Nobel Prize winner John Nash , whose innovative work on game theory in mathematics was in many ways overshadowed by decades of mental illness. Nash is arrogant and dismissive of his classmates but gets along with his roommate Charles Paul Bettany. Nash generally pursues his studies alone but, when Charles suggests that he take a break and go to a bar, Nash agrees. Nash later receives an appointment to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , where Sol and Bender become his assistants. A few years later, he is asked to the Pentagon to decrypt coded Russian communications. Parcher visits Nash to enlist him in a group of workers who scan newspapers and magazines to find hidden Russian codes embedded in the text.
John Nash was just a young man in the beginning of the movie, but he was already a genius. He was accepted and got a scholarship to Princeton University. The movie starts with his first day at the University, where he clearly already shows himself as antisocial and quiet. He meets his roommate Charles, who becomes his closest friend. However, it is important to highlight here that as the movie will reveal further, Charles was just a hallucination projected by him due to his schizophrenia. His friend Charles occasionally appeared in some of the scenes and nothing can makes us even imagine that something was abnormal.
A person born in Bluefield, in West Virginia state, John Nash showed himself to be introverted and quiet as a child. He preferred reading and carrying out his own experiments rather than playing with other children. He was fascinated by codes and intricate patterns. He was also fond of pranks. He received a scholarship to study at Carnegie Institute of Technology where he abandoned engineering after one year in order to study mathematics. Not popular with his fellow students, he distinguished himself as being rather arrogant and odd.