A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind 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

  • Title: A Beautiful Mind
  • Author: Sylvia Nasar
  • ISBN: 9780684853703
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tIn 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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    1. 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 Columbia University Her husband is economist Darryl McLeod They have three children and live in Tarrytown, New York.

    2. ولأن المصري معروف بجبروتهبتكون نهاية واحد من أعظم علماء الأرض بسببسواق تاكسي مصري‏‏ قرر ياخد غرزة و يعدي العربية اللي قدامه ‏فلبس في حاجز ‏وراحت العبقرية فدا للفهلوة المصرية:\ما يهون هذه الفاجعة أنهما رحلا سويالتكتمل واحدة من أجمل قصص الحب الواقعية My quest has taken me through the physica [...]

    3. Highly recommended book.I loved the movie,I've seen.Then,I had found it is based on a novel.Great story.How a great scientist flows with his intellects wrapped in complex mind.Epic dialogues and theme.I'm thankful to read the book and watched the movie.

    4. The book is about the life story of John Forbes Nash - a mathematical genius and inventor of a theory of rational behaviour for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1994. Presenting a characterization of schyzophrenia, the author helps in informing the reader about the circumstances under which a spontaneous recovery from his dementing and degenerative disease believed to be so rare, became a possibility for John Nash. Finally, the story of Nobel Prize winner John Forbes Nash, Jr. proves that p [...]

    5. I read very few biographies, so I have trouble evaluating this within its field. That said, I found it fascinating, but a bit drier than I typically like my (recreational) nonfiction.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 [...]

    6. More reviews at The Story Within The StoryAt 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 Theo [...]

    7. The book conveys a convincing portrayal of mental illness; but, it is unpleasant to 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 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.

    8. "'How could you,' Mackey asked, 'how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof. . . how could you believe that extra terrestrials are sending you messages? How could you believe that you are being recruited by aliens from outer space to save the world? How could you . . .?' "Nash looked up at last and fixed Mackey with an unblinking stare as cool and dispassionate as that of any bird or snake. 'Because,' Nash said slowly in his soft, reasonable southern drawl, as if t [...]

    9. A Beautiful Mind is one of those books that I loved so much, and learned so much from reading that I've yet to actually review it. However, in light of the news that the man behind the eponymous mind,John Forbes Nash Jris no longer with us I thought I'd at least take the time to recommend the book, if not to explain why.

    10. 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 skill related to literature. She is no doubt a wonderful researcher, but includes details so small as to call into question her own sanity, let alone the sanity of her subject.This book was a lot like wat [...]

    11. It seems to be a commonly held belief that genius often goes hand-in-hand with mental illness. I've often wondered if this is actually the case or whether it's just that most people have never heard of most genius level intellects that aren't afflicted in this way. How many of us could honestly say we'd ever have heard of John Nash if it weren't for his prolonged battle with schizophrenia (if 'battle' is even the right word)?I admit that I'd not heard of him until my wife recommended the movie t [...]

    12. 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 a remission in the late 80s and was awarded the Nobel Prize for his early work in game theory.Reading about Nash's early life and the beginning of his career, I couldn't help but notice that he was always rather [...]

    13. I was thinking of this book again because of the deaths of John and Alicia Nash. At this remove, I cannot remember any details. We had this book on audio during a car trip. In 2002 the medium may have been tape. We either had the book as well, or, if not, I was picking my husband's brain on the story's mathematical aspects. The story was well told, very moving; the aspects relating to his schizophrenia passed muster with me. Later we saw the film, and I was appalled; thought the schizophrenia ha [...]

    14. Update: 24/05/15Noble Laureate, Genius Mathematician John Nash is no longer with us. He is killed in a car accident along with his wife.nbcnews/news/us-news/j****This is the story of John Forbes Nash, Jr. It is a story about the mystery of the human mind, in three acts: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, [...]

    15. When it comes to geniuses, a few archetypes generally come to mind. They're often characterized as under appreciated geeks with hearts of gold (think the entire cast of Revenge of the Nerds) or as slightly spaced out but cuddly old men (think Einstein). Or they're quixotic coyotes forever trying to nab that pesky road runner. In any case, the word "noble" probably applies, at some level, to most conceptions of the intellectually gifted.This is not true of John Nash, the subject of the biography [...]

    16. كانت "أوفيليا" تقول على عقل هاملت : يا لهذا العقل الجميل المضيع!. لكن اليشيا لارد فى هذه الحكاية ساعدت ناش على أن يفلت من الضياع، لتكون تلك قصة "عقل جميل". تخرج جون فوربس ناش من جامعة "برينستون". ثم تم تعينه فى معهد "ماساتشوستس للتكنولوجيا" هذا المعهد الموجود بمدينة كامبريدج بولاي [...]

    17. I hardly finished part one of this book, it's too slow, filled with information and details even about John Nash's friends, the writer wanted to give us a full picture about John Nash's life and the people around him , but it seemed as if she wanted to have more pages filled.I liked the Idea of reading about a Mathematician but it was enough with the writerJohn Nash is an interesting extraordinary man, I liked him through the documentary and the movie but not the novel. here are people stories l [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. One of my every now and then favorites,John Nash is a role model & a distinguished spring of inspiration to those who believe in their own worlds,other than moving unconsciously on the roads of the others' ones,RIP JOHN with your beloved,dedicated wife Alicia Lopez-Harrison de Lardéwho he said about,in his Nobel Prize acceptance Speech:-"I'm only here tonight because of you,you are the reason I'm,you are all my reasons"

    20. A beautiful maind: a biography of Johan Forbes Nash, Sylvia Nasarعنوان: یک ذهن زیبا؛ نوشته: سیلویا ناسار؛ مترجم: مهگونه قهرمان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، عطایی، 1383، ، در 500 ص، شابک: 9643236256؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه جان ناش، ریاضیدانان ایالات متحده امریکا، برندگان جایزه نوبل

    21. One cannot avoid the temptation of reading the book, after watching the movie; twice. The movie is excellent in the way it describes schizophrenia (a form of); better than many textbooks. One can actually see the mind at work of a math genius called Nash and even empathize with his afflictions; his inner struggle.From nearly the onset of the pathology, to its development, treatment and some recovery (by Nash's free willd his wife's love), the movie tells a story through time: Nash while a studen [...]

    22. 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' [...]

    23. Update of 7/2017: I recently learned that John Nash had a letter of recommendation written by Herbert Simon, he of the Nobel Prize deconstructing Rational Model Theory. Who knows, maybe Nash and Simon were working on the same problems in some way. But it appears that Nash was already of two minds in early university days: his own and Simon's. Then again, have you ever noticed how many bank clerks, librarians, grammar school teachers, and accountants become paranoid, tinpot dictators somehow?Orig [...]

    24. This was one of my favorite reads of 2017. I never thought I would be so interested in details about math theorems, math colleges, and history of math. Apart from the rich setting, I quite enjoyed learning about Nash, and I learned so much more about him than from watching the movie based on this biography (naturally).Anyways, I love this book so so much. It has been 4 months since I read it, and I still feel fuzzy and warm inside when I spot it on my shelf ♥

    25. A seguito dell’assegnazione nel 1994 del premio in memoria di Alfred Nobel (istituito dalla Banca di Svezia) a John Forbes Nash Jr, la giornalista del New York Times Sylvia Nasar fu incaricata di redigere alcuni articoli dedicati al matematico: le singolari e drammatiche vicende della vita di Nash colpirono profondamente Nasar e la indussero a passare i successivi tre anni a raccogliere informazioni e documenti per scrivere la prima biografia dell’ormai illustre matematico, uscita nel 1998 e [...]

    26. I remember being mesmerized by Russel Crowe's performance in the movie. I hadn't heard of Nash before and was hooked since. Nassar's book provides a wealth of detail about the maverick Nobel Laureate and a glimpse into his amazing life.

    27. I never would have thought a book on a real life person to be more interesting than the fictitious movie the book had inspired. It was amazing and so painfully cited that although it was an unofficial rendition of the life John Forbes Nash, Jr, it was in fact, more real than ever. Made you really wonder that it wasn't even for someone with a brilliant mind, it was a difficult life and a difficult time.It wasn't always that the truth can be as more puzzling as the reality. "A Beautiful Mind" is j [...]

    28. Well Well, if you want to see a nice film about a nice man conquering a nice mental illness then watch the film. If you want to find out about an awful guy getting an awful disease and ruining the lives of everybody that got close to him, then read the book. Sylvia Nasar paints a painful picture of loss. She describes the mystery world of schizophrenia as seen through the eyes of those people most hurt by it, the family and friends of John Nash. As a reader I couldn’t help but sympathise with [...]

    29. In A beautiful mind it tells a story about Mr. Nash. He is like all of the other kids when he was younger. The book is a time line of his life. As the story proceeds, you will get pulled into his world. There are some of problems in his life that he will have to face or go through. He also, triumphs his old fears of his school and his friends. 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 [...]

    30. The story is quite interesting. I didn't like the style of writing. There are too much information and details that makes it very unpleasant to read. I really struggled to finish the book. Sadly, For the first time, i would say: the movie was better than the book.

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