A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

by Sylvia Nasar | Science | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0743224574 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmaryzeewing of Taneytown, Maryland USA on 12/24/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingmaryzeewing from Taneytown, Maryland USA on Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This book was donated to the OBCZ shelf at Three Fine Cups.

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"How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner.
"Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did," came the answer. "So I took them seriously."
Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who - thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community - emerged after decades of ghost-like existence to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim. The inspiration for a major motion picture, Sylvia Nasar's award-winning biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over incredible adversity, and the healing power of love.

Journal Entry 2 by wingmaryzeewing at Three Fine Cups in Taneytown, Maryland USA on Sunday, January 04, 2009

Released 11 yrs ago (1/4/2009 UTC) at Three Fine Cups in Taneytown, Maryland USA

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Journal Entry 3 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, March 07, 2009
Grabbed this off the OBCZ shelves at Three Fine Cups. I loved the movie and I'm always interested in books about math and mathematicians.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmelydiawing at -- Geocaches, Virginia USA on Monday, June 21, 2010
This is another book I picked up because I liked the movie. I liked the book, too, but was a little disappointed to learn how little resemblance there is between the two. For example, neither Nash's college roommate nor his tendency to draw on windows were mentioned in the book, while Nash's homosexuality and illegitimate son were left out of the movie. Once I realized that there was such a huge disparity, however, I was able to appreciate them as separate works. This biography of mathematician John Nash, Nobel Laureate and recovered schizophrenic, was simply fascinating. It manages a balance between the mathematics and the insanity without becoming either too dry or too sensationalist. I kind of wish there had been a cast of characters listing somewhere to keep all the names straight, but by and large I had no trouble following it. In short, I enjoyed it. However, if you're just looking for a glimpse inside the mind of a schizophrenic, give this one a pass. Nash's specific delusions are not described in depth, and most of the information is secondhand anyway. That said, I would recommend it to people who love a good biography, especially one that reads almost like a novel.

Journal Entry 5 by wingbookczukwing at Charleston, South Carolina USA on Sunday, June 27, 2010
Picked this up when I travelled to Baltimore because of some family matters. I was able to sneak away to get to The Book Thing and then to a BCinDC meetup. What great fun and what great BookCrossers!.

Will take it back to South Carolina to continue its journey.

(Read this years ago, before the movie, and thought it Very good. Amazing mind and amazing to see the ways a mind can unravel and rework itself.

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