Book: A Beautiful Mind

Book Title: A Beautiful Mind.

Original Title: A Beautiful Mind: a Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994.

Author: Sylvia Nasar.

Year: 1998.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster.

Synopsis:

A Beautiful Mind (1998) is a biography of Nobel Prize-winning economist and mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. by Sylvia Nasar, professor of journalism at Columbia University.

An unauthorised work, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1998 and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in biography.

It inspired the 2001 film by the same name.

Starting with his childhood, the book covers Nash’s years at Princeton and MIT, his work for the RAND Corporation, his family and his struggle with schizophrenia.

Although Nasar notes that Nash did not consider himself a homosexual, she describes his arrest for indecent exposure and firing from RAND amid the suspicion that he was, then considered grounds for revoking one’s security clearance.

The book ends with Nash being awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994.

The book is a detailed description of many aspects of Nash’s life, including the nature of his mathematical genius, and a close examination of his personality and motivations.

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