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A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
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Jul 14, 2012

really liked it

One of the most interesting biographies ever.
Yes, this biography shares a common problem with its peers: it could be halved and thus would improve twofold. I can forgive the entire chapters spent introducing minor characters; what’s NOT interesting about the life of an eccentric mathematical genius who became a Nobel laureate after being diagnosed with schizophrenia? Even better: not only does the professional life of John Nash make for an interesting read, but his personal life was rather dramatic as well. Parts of this biography are certainly dry, but other parts read more like a novel.

All that said, the book is quite an undertaking. I read about 1/3 of it in December and spent more than half of January reading it as well. If you’ve been tuning in for awhile, you know that I almost never spend that much time reading a single book unless it is a) a textbook or b) Dickens. I haven’t seen the movie, but it’s possible that you could go straight to film with this one.
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