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to call into uestion her own sanity let alone the sanity of her subjectThis book call into uestion her own sanity let alone the sanity of her subjectThis book a lot like watching someone else s home movies To them they are interesting to everyone else they are a drudgery For about the first 49 chapters you could literally skip all the odd chapters and not eally miss anythingThere were a few moments of interesting detail mostly surrounding the Nobel Prize and applications of Nash s work Also I found the details of Princeton in the 50 s and 60 s interesting since I live near there Otherwise it was dullThough I usually like Blackstone Audio s production of books the narration of this one by Anna Fields was below their standards The narrator s voice was so expressionless that she seemingly started
new chapters mid sentenceThis is one of those are cases where the movie was much better than the chapters mid sentenceThis is one of those are cases where the movie was much better than the In fact if the titles weren t the same I d be hard pressed to tell you that they were based on the same storyA true disappointment I should have listened to the wisdom of my older sister and skipped this one That is 17 hours of my life that I ll never get back A Beautiful Mind is one of those books that I loved so much and learned so much from eading that I ve yet to actually The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity review it However in light of the news that the man behind the eponymous mind John Forbes Nash Jr is no longer with us I thought I d at least take the time toecommend the book if not to explain why A Beautiful Mind A Biography of Johan Forbes Nash Sylvia NasarA 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 unauthorized 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 1999 1383 500 9643236256 20 1963 1970 More The Life of Samuel Johnson reviews at The Story Within The StoryAt first glance a biography of a mathematician would seem to make for aead 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 lifein 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 Statistical Inference revolutionizing both mathematics and economics in the second half of the twentieth century The power of his theories culminated with him being awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics nearly fifty years after his groundbreaking work began But it came at a heavy price By the age of thirty Nash was suffering from his first bouts of paranoid schizophrenia a disease he would suffer with for three decades He was institutionalized by his family on several occasions and left for dead by most of the mathematics community Left to wander the campus of Princeton University as a ghost and a crazy man Nash did the unthinkable he beganecovering from a disease that there was thought to be no A Wizard in Love recovery from He even begin to work on mathematicsesearch again It was a ecovery that physiatrists thought was impossible I ve made the most important discovery of my life It s only in the mysterious euation of love that any logic or easons can be found A Beautiful Mind is Tigers in Normandy really not about mathematics but about what it means to be labeled gifted different or sick It is about how society treats people who are unusual and how few answers there are for what goes on between someone s ears It is also about John s wife Alicia who set aside her own desires to try to guide John through a world that had become hostile to himUltimately Sylvia Nasar succeeds with A Beautiful Mind because she leaves out most of the heavy handed mathematics and focuses on who John Nash is and what his lifeepresents Make no mistake John Nash not a lovable person He is Presidential Secrecy and the Law rude thoughtless self centered and egotistical all the things we don t like in a person His genius is both a gift and a curse Yet we cheer for him the whole way because there is an innocence about him a childlike uality of someone who doesn t uite understand other people but has to function within society none the less And it is a society of the 1950s and 1960s with little understanding or tolerance for mental illness His story also gives us hope that no matter how hopeless a person s situation may seem here is an example of someone who was able to climb out of that hole andejoin life and be happy again That is what makes John Nash s story so important A Beautiful Mind demonstrates that anyone s life can be turned around It demonstrates hope It demonstrates edemption It is a story well worth your time How could you Mackey asked how could you a mathematician a man devoted to eason and logical proof how could you believe that extra terrestrials are sending you messages How could you believe that you are being Hume on Religion recruited by aliens from outer space to save the world How could you Nash looked up at last and fixed Mack. 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 insanityesigning his post at MIT slipping into a series of bizarre delusions and I ead very few biographies so I have trouble evaluating this
within its field That said I found it fascinating but a its field That said I found it fascinating but a drier than I typically like my ecreational nonfictionBut it is a fascinating and disturbing story Nash lived still is living I guess a City Schools: Lessons from New York 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 anybody who might challenge his intellect This naturally caused him certain social frictions but he was apparently forgiven a lot because of his genius And then when his schizophrenia struck he was protected further by colleagues whoespected himAnd there was a lot of protecting going on For example when he pushed
Pregnant Wife Down The Stairs Bits That wife down the stairs Bits that leave out of shallow Hollywood treatments Or that he cheated on her Or the fact that he treated his son like a pariah Some of this is entangled with his illness of course but not all And a lot of the looking the other way happened before his illness was public knowledge It makes me The Widow's Lawman reflect on the structure of society in general and academia specifically and what weegard as sufficient excuse for bad behavior I had a long The Story Within rant on scientific academia here but I m too tired to make it coherently now and thiseally isn t the best venueAs a math geek I wish there had been a bit about his math itself It s difficult I guess because most of what he worked on was extremely abstruse stuff even to someone who has studied a First Resorts: Pursuing Pleasure at Saratoga Springs, Newport, Coney Island reasonable amount of mostly applied math I understand Nash euilibria but interestingly enough even though he won the Nobel for this idea he and the mathematical community generally felt that this was far from his most interesting and important contribution And that s probably the most accessible thing he worked on Which is probably why it was able to become important in economics circles His other works are so involved that I have trouble parsing the statement of the theorems let alone the proofsButeally this is the story of his life Like all of us he lived a complicated difficult life More complicated and difficult than many but still a very human life The book conveys a convincing portrayal of mental illness but it is unpleasant to God Gave Me a Mulligan: A Journalist's Life in War and Peace read I found that I didn t enjoy spending so much time with a person who in addition to being a genius and mentally ill was basically a creep The movie was better mainly because the screenplay converted Nash into a likeable guy helped to be played by Russell Crow If you haven tead the book or seen the movie I Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris recommend the latter But keep in mind it s not a terribly truthful portrayal 345 Some Mild Spoilers Ahead What I struggled most withreading this bookwas young Nash s personality Half of the book I could only think about what a humongous piece of work Nash is I know he was sick but we don t know for sure how if that influenced his personality as a youngster The way he treated his friends or anyone around for that matter even the mother of his child was unforgiving from where I stand Not helping in any wayaising his own son pushing his future wife on the ground and putting his foot on her neck so his friends can see that she belonged to him I mean I can t get over this kind of actions for anything in the world If I ll ever The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education remember Nash for one thing this is it And then for theest of the book I could not help but to pity what he became Alone and for good The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry reasons his most precious possession his mind was turning against him His abusive childish character disappeared just like it never existed And at this point I started to feel bad for him So you know in the end it was a somehow happy medium But I have to admit an emotional connection was already there I ve studied his euilibrium theory in faculty with one of the best professors that I ve ever had so that too was aeason for not disliking this book I was thinking about my professor my colleagues from those years a lot while listening to thisAbout the movie I don t believe it is better I believe that Hollywood did with this story exactly was Hollywood does all the time it erased big chunks of Nash s personality in order to fit Hollywood standardsCrow s character is merely a shadow of The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism real NashWith all this in mind I don tegret Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution reading A Beautiful Mindbut I don t believe I ll ever come back to the film or this book Highlyecommended bookI loved the movieI ve seenThenI had found it is based on a novelGreat storyHow a great scientist flows with his intellects wrapped in complex mindEpic dialogues and themeI m thankful to A Kangaroo's Life read the book and watched the movie I would have never gotten through this book if it wasn t an audiobook Author Sylvia Nasar presented a comprehensive narrative of John Forbes Nash s life Unfortunately she was absent from school the days they taught about engaging your audience limiting your topic and just about every other skillelated to literature She is no doubt a wonderful Georg Buchner: Contemporary Perspectives researcher but In this powerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividlye creates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who after three decades of devastating mental illness miraculously Filosofía e inmanencia recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize A Beautiful Mind traces the meteoricise of John Forbes Nash Jr a prodigy. 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of any bird or snake Because Nash said slowly in his soft easonable southern drawl as if talking to the any bird or snake Because Nash said slowly in his soft easonable southern drawl as if talking to himself the I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way that my mathematical ideas did So I took them seriously A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar is the biography of John Forbes Nash Nash was brilliant The movie was terrific but often bore little esemblance to eality At twenty one he had invented a theory of modern human behavior and his contributions to game theory would ultimately win him a Nobel Prize As a game theory would ultimately win him a Nobel Prize As a professor he solved some mathematical problems deemed impossible by other mathematicians He also became insane This most fascinating book is the story of his descent into schizophrenia and his sudden Murder in Gutenthal remission at age sixty twoNash had that spark of geniuseserved for the extraordinary few He could visualize answers to problems that baffled others often working out proofs later He worked and learned not by absorbing what others had already accomplished but by One of Our Thursdays Is Missing rediscovering the concepts on his own He was compulsivelyational and envied the emotionless considering thinking machines superior to humans He On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski remained aloof from the mundane and was described by his contemporaries as ueer spooky and isolated Ironically he was toevolutionize the theories of social cooperation and conflict Unlike Von Neumann who had focused on the group Nash in his twenty seven page dissertation thesis proposed a theory for game in which there was a possibility of mutual gain His insight was that the game economics would be solved when every player independently chose his best Lassie Come-Home responses to the other player s best strategies a decentralized decision making process could in fact be coherentPrinceton probably deserves the Nobel medal as much as anyone for sticking with the genius and putting up with his bizarre behavior as does his family who often sacrificed a great deal in their efforts to help him Whether an ordinary person would haveeceived such special care is perhaps another issueWhat is truly ironic is that Nash s son suffers from the same condition as his father but despite advances in pharmaceutical treatment for schizophrenia his son has not displayed the signs of The People from the Sea remission that brought his father back This biography was the basis for the popular film A Beautiful Mind a few years ago It s the fascinating story of an arrogant young mathematician who began his career with genius level work in mathetmatics succumbed to paranoid schizophrenia in his thirties and ultimately experienced aemission in the late 80s and was awarded the Nobel Prize for his early work in game theoryReading about Nash s early life and the beginning of his career I couldn t help but notice that he was always St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves rather an odd duck even before he became delusional and was diagnosed as schizophrenic I m inclined to think that if he were a child now it s fairly likely he would be diagnosed as having Asperger s or something similar but that s just my uneducated opinion His way ofelating to the world was always sufficiently different that it took a long time for many of his colleagues to ealize that his eccentricities had morphed into delusions He was a genius he was expected to behave oddly and in some ways this both served as a measure of protection for him and also may have prevented him from getting help earlierI have to admit that I actually eally disliked John Nash for a lot of the book Even when he was sane he was arrogant self absorbed and unkind He must have had some good ualities though other than his genius because what Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher really saved him in the end was the willingness of his friends and family to stand by him and try to help him Again and again during his illness his colleagues arranged work for him smoothed over scandals caused by his odd behavior and assisted his wife and mother in providing him with care At times his friends were almost too caring not having the same intimate contact with Nash that his wife Alice did many of them believed he was not as ill as he actually was and were very upset when he was involuntarily committed The many points of view Nasar provideseally bring home what it s like when someone succumbs to mental illness and the way it affects just about everyone the person comes into contact with like Twilight of the Idols ripples in a pondNash seturn to normality after years of delusional behavior is still something of a mystery to neuroscientists This is not something that often happens in schizophrenic patients which led some to posit that Nash may not have been schizophrenic after all Yet his behavior and experiences are much consistent with schizophrenia than with any of the other illnesses like biopolar disorder that have been suggested This leads to the conclusion that Nash is one of the lucky few who experience a near complete Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, remission after years of illness I d definitelyecommend this biography to anyone with an interest in mathematics mental illness or who just likes a well written biography. Ventually becoming a dreamy ghostlike figure at Princeton scrawling numerological messages on blackboards He was all but forgotten by the outside world until Der Ritter und die Bastardtochter 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 geniu.