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# A Beautiful Mind

by
Sylvia Nasar

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 writin...morePaperback, 464 pages

Published
February 4th 2002
by Faber & Faber
(first published June 12th 1998)

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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 a...more

Sep 24, 2013
Chad Sayban
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At 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 ec...more

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 ec...more

The movie was better - mainly because the screenplay converted Nash into a more 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.

This book was a lot like wat...more

This is not true of John Nash, the subject of the biography...more

Reading about Nash's early life and the beginning of his career, I couldn't help but notice that he was always rather...more

Jan 31, 2013
Jane
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Where I got the book: audiobook downloaded from Audible.

I haven't had an Audible subscription for ages but I knew there were some books on there I hadn't listened to. I was surprised to find this one among them. Why, I wondered, had I picked a book about a mathematician I'd personally never heard of? By the time my youngest was in freshman year at high school I could no longer follow what she was doing in math. Actually, that was probably true in 8th grade. Ok, 7th grade. You get the picture? I'...more

I haven't had an Audible subscription for ages but I knew there were some books on there I hadn't listened to. I was surprised to find this one among them. Why, I wondered, had I picked a book about a mathematician I'd personally never heard of? By the time my youngest was in freshman year at high school I could no longer follow what she was doing in math. Actually, that was probably true in 8th grade. Ok, 7th grade. You get the picture? I'...more

Jun 21, 2012
rivka
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This is one of those books where writing a review was so daunting that I didn't get to it right away . . . and so never got to it at all.

But even though it has now been almost 3 years since I read it, I will try to come up with something. Because I see several friends who had it as "to-read" 3 years ago still have not read it, and they should!

I enjoyed the movie that is loosely based on this book. But it takes a lot of liberties with the facts -- skipping Nash's early life altogether, ignoring/o...more

But even though it has now been almost 3 years since I read it, I will try to come up with something. Because I see several friends who had it as "to-read" 3 years ago still have not read it, and they should!

I enjoyed the movie that is loosely based on this book. But it takes a lot of liberties with the facts -- skipping Nash's early life altogether, ignoring/o...more

1. GENIUS: Perhaps John Nash was the greatest mathematical genius ever born in his times. He grew up as a child who lacked social skills (which his parents feared the most), days he locked himself up in dark room with books alone, has no close friends etc., all he got was his mother, his sister and his mathematical books. Soon after he grew up into a young man who took up Secret-code break...more

Towards the middle of the story; Like everyone in the story, Mr.Nash goes through some changes. He also,meets some new people that shares his interest in...more

John Nash is (for most of the book) an egotist who enjoys playing dangerous pranks on others, brags that he is one of three smartest men at Princeton, treats his lovers (male and female) as though they are only there for his amusement/pleasure. He is smart, cruel, and completely socially inept. Until his illness,...more

Sesudah terpukau dengan filmnya, saya berkeinginan untuk membaca bukunya, dan baru berapa tahun kemudian, terealisasi.

John F Nash, genius matematikawan, yang kelak akan meraih nobel ekonomi karena teori Nash-equilibrium, yang mempengaruhi Game Theory (saya sedikit mendapatkannya di mata kuliah Riset Operasional dan Analisa Pengambilan Keputusan), tapi mengalami hidup yang menyedihkan,

**hidup bersama skizofrenia**.

Orang bilang, genius tidak beda jauh dengan gila. Tapi bukan berarti jenius...more

First of all, I learned that the movie took MANY liberties with the facts. It is about 20% truth, and the rest is style and effects. For many years I have enjoyed the movie and recommended it to friends. So I felt disillusioned when I found out how false it...more

I admit it was interesting to learn more about John Nash, particularly just how good he was, and what his colleagues had to say about his brilliant, beautiful mind. It was eye opening to read about the time of his life when he actively began struggling with his illness, and his subsequent recovery. It was gratifying to read about his Nobel Prize experience.

All that said, it was not at all "good" enough to entice me to spend m...more

John Nash was one of the greatest mathematicians of the modern world. The fact that he was diagnosed with schizophrenia never mattered to him. Math was his life, his family was his life, and the sch...more

Es un repaso a la vida del famoso matemático, desde sus inicios, sus logros y decepciones a nivel profesional, su relación con su pareja, su colaboración con las fuerzas de los estados unidos, hasta su enfermedad mental (que leyendo el libro no me queda claro que fuese esquizofrenia, pues no se cura y sin em...more

That being said, I did come away from this biography with a less-than-rosy view of John Nash. Apart from his God-given genius, there doesn't seem much left to admire about this man - or at least to write a book and make a movie about. Ins...more

Its a great read nonetheless. I felt, it was much easier to picture what the genius professor was going through since I had already watched the movie.

I sobbed, then cried and then cried harder.

Then grinned, and smiled and smiled some more!!

That what this book does to you.

I wish to read it again. Soon.

Jan 27, 2014
Pirzha-Loves-Reading
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how have I not seen this before?!!! I love this story! I have to read it soon!!!

It wasn't always that the truth can be as more puzzling as the reality. "A Beautiful Mind" is j...more

So I thought this book was quite good. Biographies are one of my favorite (probably second favorite) types of books, and usually I'll read about a famous dead person. I am in love with all fascinating people. But the first thing about this book that I liked is that the person is STILL ALIVE. That's right, I said it; in this...more

Apr 18, 2010
Chana
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Once I started reading this book I realized that the movie, which I had enjoyed, was entertainment, concerning itself more with the strange delusions of John Nash's mental illness than with the life of the real man.

More than half of this book is about John Nash before he became ill at age 30. He was this totally arrogant young math genius, eccentric and homosexually inclined. He was pretty hard to like because he was obnoxious and unkind and very self-centered. (I was reminded of how my mother...more

More than half of this book is about John Nash before he became ill at age 30. He was this totally arrogant young math genius, eccentric and homosexually inclined. He was pretty hard to like because he was obnoxious and unkind and very self-centered. (I was reminded of how my mother...more

This is a story of a genius of a man who is so caught up in world views and in search of 'something more' until he spirals into a "glut". I give this book a solid "A" (five stars). It was quite enlightening and opened my mind to new things. It's ultimately a learning experience. The book offers a person room for one's own intellectual vision. If you think you're a genius or 'want to be' more of a genius then you should definitely read this b...more

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Sylvia Nasar was born to a German mother and Uzbek father. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1951, then moved to Ankara, Turkey in 1960. She graduated from Antioch College in 1970, and earned a masters' degree in economics at New York University in 1976. For four years, she did research with Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief. She is currently the Knight Chair in Business Journalism at Co...more

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