Thoroughly Researched !!!
A Beautiful Mind
Simon & Schuster
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner.
"Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did," came the answer. "So I took them seriously."
Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who -- thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community -- emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim. The inspiration for a major motion picture, Sylvia Nasar's award-winning biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over incredible adversity, and the healing power of love.
The Beautiful Mind is a deep biographical sketch of the life of a Mathematical Genius & Nobel Laureate John Nash whose awe-inspiring work in Mathematics & later the disease, schizophrenia, which crippled his career and kept him in limelight throughout the second half of 20th century. The scale of research that this book own left no doubt that Silvia Nasar, author & a former economics correspondent for The New York Times, had pooled her experience in writing the biography of a genius whose life is an inspiration to many youths around the world.
This 485 pages long ( 134 pages dedicated to detailing notes & references ) talks about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over incredible adversity and healing power of love. A compulsively rational, egotistical & childish but also very sensitive to the real need of others, John Nash was raised to become an engineer & had got into a local college but his keen interest in mathematics was seen by his professors & then he was advised to pursue his academics in Mathematics which later landed him among top universities of the world. His college revolved around the time when universities like Harvard & Princeton were eager to get the best students on board and the same happened at the time of Nash who was bewildered which one to choose : Harvard or Princeton ? But a letter from Princeton's Mathematics Dean made him sit & pursue research at Princeton from where he published several papers which changed the scope mathematics. From all the paper, the most efficacious were his research on Game Theory & Nash Equilibrium. But only a few years later his behavior deteriorated 'cause of schizophrenia which eventually derailed his path a successful mathematician. Apart from John,I believe, another major reason that this book hits the stand was because of Alicia, John's Wife, who played an important role in saving the life of this genius.Her love had extricated him from the tangles of disease & made him live a normal life.
Deep research about the matter made this book rich of knowledge about the mathematical fraternity in the US of America during the 1950s but some stances are somniferously long.
This book is a must read all those people who're hungry for knowledge, curious to know how strenuous it's to work out in the field of mathematics in the 1950s.
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