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

Sylvia Nasar
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A Beautiful Mind Sylvia Nasar "I read A Beautiful Mind because I really enjoy reading biographies, and I'm also fascinated with science and math; and I had heard great things about the movie but never seen the movie, so when I found a copy of the book, I knew I wanted to read it. John Forbes Nash, Jr. is this brilliant mathematician who has schizophrenia. In the 80's, his work kind of came back to the surface, and he ended up winning a Nobel Prize for economics for his game theory, the - this paper he wrote when he was in grad school. Around the same time he happened to win that Nobel Prize, he actually came out of this darkness, this schizophrenia, and kind of woke up again; and the book talks about his whole life. I really liked that in no way did the author try to paint John Forbes Nash, Jr. as this perfect person who ended up getting schizophrenia. She portrayed him very honestly; he's a person that I don't think a lot of people would want to be friends with or like. He has this brilliant mind and can see things in a way that other people don't see them, but that doesn't make a person a good person. I would recommend the book to anyone who really enjoys reading biographies or is interested in science or math. It just traces the history of science and math, and the making of the atomic bomb, and like something as simple sounding as game theory could end up being so important. I would give A Beautiful Mind five stars."
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