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A Beautiful Mind By Sylvia Nasar

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The dramatic story of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a mathematical genius who slipped into madness at the height of his career, endured three decades of schizophrenia, and, after a miraculous recovery, was awarded the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work. of photos. Index.
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A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 by Sylvia Nasar

In this powerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly re-creates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize. "A Beautiful Mind" traces the meteoric rise of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of thirty, who dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed "impossible" by other mathematicians.

But at the height of his fame, Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown and began a harrowing descent into insanity, resigning his post at MIT, slipping into a series of bizarre delusions, and eventually becoming a dreamy, ghostlike figure at Princeton, scrawling numerological messages on blackboards. He was all but forgotten by the outside world -- until, remarkably, he emerged from his madness to win world acclaim. A feat of biographical writing, "A Beautiful Mind" is also a fascinating look at the extraordinary and fragile nature of genius.

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A Beautiful Mind Reviews

David Goodstein

"The New York Times"

[Sylvia Nasar] has written a biography of John Nash that reads like a fine novel.

Ted Anton

"Chicago Tribune"

This dense, carefully researched work is also, unexpectedly, a poetical love and coming-of-age story.

Marcia Bartusiak

"The Boston Globe"

"[A Beautiful Mind]" might be compared to a Rembrandt portrait, filled with somber shadows and radiant light effects...superbly written and eminently fascinating...simply a beautiful book.

Richard Jed Wyatt & Kay Redfield Jamison

"The New England Journal of Medicine"

Nasar has written an intriguing account of a fascinating man, of a "beautiful" mind, and of terrible madness. She has also written a deeply moving love story, an account of the centrality of human relationships in a world of nightmare and genius.

Charles C. Mann

"The Wall Street Journal"

After suffering with Mr. Nash's family through his madness, the reader greets his recovery -- and his ability to reforge a bond with his wife -- as a triumph..."A Beautiful Mind" is one of the few scholarly biographies I have encountered that could plausibly be described as a three-handkerchief read.

Keith Devlin

"New Scientist"

Nash's life has been a remarkable mental journey. Nasar's first-rate biography describes that journey for us.

Claire Douglas

"The Washington Post Book World"

A fascinating overview of [Nash's] life and the intellectual history of his times...a wonderfully absorbing puzzle.

Simon Singh

"The New York Times Book Review"

"A Beautiful Mind" tells a moving story and offers a remarkable look into the arcane world of mathematics and the tragedy of madness.

Michael J. Mandel

"Business Week"

A fascinating account of creativity barely under control, of a mathematical genius who was driven by -- and eventually overwhelmed by -- his own inner demons. A staggering feat of writing and reporting.

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A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 by Sylvia Nasar
Sylvia Nasar
Used - Very Good
Simon & Schuster
Short-listed for Helen Bernstein Book Award 1999
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