!EPUB ♏ A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash ♼ Stories 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 S His Most Important Work Had Been In Game Theory, Which By The S 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 Nash, In Remission From Schizophrenia, Shared The Nobel Prize In Economics For Work Done Some Years PreviouslyEconomist 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 I read very few biographies, so I have trouble evaluating this within its field That said, I found it fascinating, but a bit drier than I typically like my recreational nonfiction.But it is a fascinating and disturbing story Nash lived still is living, I guess a really complicated life, even aside from his illness Like many geniuses, he was a difficult personality He apparently used to stand on the table in the middle of Princeton s math department grad student meetings and put down anybody who might challenge his intellect This naturally caused him certain social frictions, but he was apparently forgiven a lot because of his genius And then, when his schizophrenia struck, he was protected further by colleagues who respected him.And there was a lot of protecting going on For example, when he pushed his pregnant wife down the stairs Bits that they leave out of shallow, fantasized Hollywood treatments Or that he cheated on her Or the fact that he treated his son like a pariah Some of this is entangled with his illness, of course, but not all And a lot of the looking the other way happened before his illness was public knowledge It makes me reflect on the structure of society in general, and academia specifically, and what we regard as sufficient excuse for bad behavior I had a long rant on scientific academia here, but I m too tired to make it coherently now, and this really isn t the best venue As a math geek, I wish there had been a bit about his math itself It s difficult, I guess, because most of what he worked on was extremely abstruse stuff even to someone who has studied a reasonable amount of mostly applied math I understand Nash equilibria, but, interestingly enough, even though he won the Nobel for this idea, he and the mathematical community generally felt that this was far from his most interesting and important contribution And that s probably the most accessible thing he worked on Which is probably why it was able to become important in economics circles His other works are so involved that I have trouble parsing the statement of the theorems, let alone the proofs.But really, this is the story of his life Like all of us, he lived a complicated, difficult life More complicated and difficult than many, but still a very human life. Highly recommended book.I loved the movie,I ve seen.Then,I had found it is based on a novel.Great story.How a great scientist flows with his intellects wrapped in complex mind.Epic dialogues and theme.I m thankful to read the book and watched the movie. The book is about the life story of John Forbes Nash a mathematical genius and inventor of a theory of rational behaviour for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1994 Presenting a characterization of schyzophrenia, the author helps in informing the reader about the circumstances under which a spontaneous recovery from his dementing and degenerative disease believed to be so rare, became a possibility for John Nash Finally, the story of Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash, Jr proves that psychiatrists are wrong about schyzophrenia being a brain disease like Alzheimers and Parkinson s. The book conveys a convincing portrayal of mental illness but, it is unpleasant to read I found that I didn t enjoy spending so much time with a person who, in addition to being a genius, and mentally ill, was basically a creep The movie was better mainly because the screenplay converted Nash into a likeable guy helped to be played by Russell Crow If you haven t read the book or seen the movie I recommend the latter But keep in mind it s not a terribly truthful portrayal. More reviews at The Story Within The StoryAt first glance, a biography of a mathematician would seem to make for a read dryer than the Sahara However, John Nash is no ordinary mathematician and Sylvia Nasar is no ordinary biographer In her capable hands, the life of John Nash comes to life in all of its brilliant, dark, pessimistic, extraordinary, callous wonder John Forbes Nash, Jr is a mathematical genius whose extraordinary mind developed the structure for what became known as Game Theory revolutionizing both mathematics and economics in the second half of the twentieth century The power of his theories culminated with him being awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics nearly fifty years after his groundbreaking work began But it came at a heavy price By the age of thirty, Nash was suffering from his first bouts of paranoid schizophrenia, a disease he would suffer with for three decades He was institutionalized by his family on several occasions and left for dead by most of the mathematics community Left to wander the campus of Princeton University as a ghost and a crazy man, Nash did the unthinkable he began recovering from a disease that there was thought to be no recovery from He even begin to work on mathematics research again It was a recovery that physiatrists thought was impossibleI ve made the most important discovery of my life It s only in the mysterious equation of love that any logic or reasons can be foundA Beautiful Mind is really not about mathematics, but about what it means to be labeled gifted, different or sick It is about how society treats people who are unusual and how few answers there are for what goes on between someone s ears It is also about John s wife Alicia, who set aside her own desires to try to guide John through a world that had become hostile to him.Ultimately, Sylvia Nasar succeeds with A Beautiful Mind because she leaves out most of the heavy handed mathematics and focuses on who John Nash is and what his life represents Make no mistake, John Nash not a lovable person He is rude, thoughtless, self centered and egotistical all the things we don t like in a person His genius is both a gift and a curse Yet, we cheer for him the whole way because there is an innocence about him a childlike quality of someone who doesn t quite understand other people but has to function within society none the less And it is a society of the 1950s and 1960s with little understanding or tolerance for mental illness His story also gives us hope that no matter how hopeless a person s situation may seem, here is an example of someone who was able to climb out of that hole and rejoin life and be happy again That is what makes John Nash s story so important A Beautiful Mind demonstrates that anyone s life can be turned around It demonstrates hope It demonstrates redemption It is a story well worth your time. I would have never gotten through this book if it wasn t an audiobook Author Sylvia Nasar presented a comprehensive narrative of John Forbes Nash s life Unfortunately, she was absent from school the days they taught about engaging your audience, limiting your topic, and just about every other skill related to literature She is no doubt a wonderful researcher, but includes details so small as to call into question her own sanity, let alone the sanity of her subject.This book was a lot like watching someone else s home movies To them, they are interesting to everyone else they are a drudgery For about the first 49 chapters you could literally skip all the odd chapters and not really miss anything.There were a few moments of interesting detail, mostly surrounding the Nobel Prize and applications of Nash s work Also, I found the details of Princeton in the 50 s and 60 s interesting since I live near there Otherwise, it was dull.Though I usually like Blackstone Audio s production of books, the narration of this one by Anna Fields, was below their standards The narrator s voice was so expressionless that she seemingly started new chapters mid sentence.This is one of those rare cases where the movie was much better than the book In fact, if the titles weren t the same I d be hard pressed to tell you that they were based on the same story.A true disappointment I should have listened to the wisdom of my older sister and skipped this one That is 17 hours of my life that I ll never get back.