A Beautiful Mind EPUB by Sylvia Nasar

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

Download A Beautiful Mind Epub by Sylvia Nasar – In this powerful and dramatic biography ( A Beautiful Mind ), Sylvia Nasar vividly recreates 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. Buy from Amazon

A Beautiful Mind EPUB

“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 ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution. The inspiration for an Academy Award–winning movie, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over adversity, and the healing power of love.

Detail about A Beautiful Mind ePub

  • Name: A Beautiful Mind
  • Author: Sylvia Nasar
  • ISBN: 1451628420
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Medical Psychology Pathologies, Schizophrenia, Game Theory,
  • Format: PDF/ePub
  • Size: 2 MB
  • Page: 464

Editorial Reviews

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Oliver Sacks Deeply interesting and extraordinarily moving.

“The New York Times” Reads like a fine novel.

“The Boston Globe” Superbly written and eminently fascinating.

Review – A Beautiful Mind EPUB

I purchased this book in order to learn about John Nash, Jr.’s life. Instead I found a book that rambled on about all sorts of others, but frequently it took pages and pages to get to John Nash, Jr.’s name or anything that related to him. Here’s a quote that might give you the flavor of this book: “The Rockefellers made their millions in coal, oil, steel, railroads, and banking-in other words, from the great sweep of industrialization that transformed towns like Bluefield and Pittsburg in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. When the family and its representatives started to give away some of the money, they were animated by dissatisfaction with the state of higher education in America and a firm belief that “nations that do not cultivate the sciences cannot hold their own.” Aware of the scientific revolution sweeping Europe, the Rockefeller Foundation and it’s offshoot started by sending American graduate students, including Robert Oppenheimer, abroad.”

If you are expecting to see John Nash, Jr.’s name come up you won’t until five pages later and in another Chapter. This type of rambling is found throughout the book and I found a frustration level rising in me that surpassed my desire to read very far into this book. If you are interested in learning about John Nash, Jr. read John Nash, Jr. The Life and Legacy of America’s Most Influential Mathematician, a short, concise writing about him. It may give you the information you seek, but you will most likely not find it within the pages of this book.

Review – A Beautiful Mind EPUB

In A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nassar tracks the life of the mathematical genius John Nash throughout his career and his struggles with schizophrenia. Mirroring the arc of Nash’s own life, Nassar splits the book into several parts: the first part covers Nash’s early life and mathematical blossoming; the second part elucidates his burgeoning relationships and the importance of connections to the outside world, as well as his growing star and significant mathematical contributions. The third section delves into some of the roots of his coming mental illness, both in terms of mathematical failures and turmoil within his personal life, as well as the first acute symptoms and subsequent hospitalization. The fourth part dives deeply into his downfall and plunge into mental illness, with the psychological reasoning and process behind it. Finally, the fifth portion explores Nash’s redemption and acceptance back into the mathematical and economics community, while also exploring his attempts to reconnect with his family members.

Nassar races through John’s early childhood, sprinkling in poignant anecdotes that foreshadow the sort of man he is to become. The story doesn’t begin in earnest until Nash discovers his passion for mathematics, after entering the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Nassar then takes us through his mathematical journey, from a talented but unproven graduate student at Princeton, to a young hot-shot paving his way at MIT while performing research for the government at the top-secret RAND Institute. In this journey the reader is immersed in a world of genius, larger than life personalities, and the world of the abstract; throughout, Nassar sprinkles laymen’s explanations of important theorems and proofs that lay the ground for Nash and then those he contributes to the mathematical canon. During this period, there is some foreshadowing of his future plunge into illness and his downfall from grace. Nassar continues to explore the complex web of politics, Nash’s relationships with women, as well as men, and the fascinating world of mathematics. Throughout the book Nassar explores the sometimes seemingly razor-thin line between genius and insanity, something that Nash himself acknowledges in that his wonderful mathematical ideas, as well as delusions, came to him in exactly the same manner.

Overall, Nassar paints a vivid, empathetic, and complex picture of schizophrenia through Nash and the devastation that it can wreak on a person’s life, if not properly treated. She flawlessly combines anecdotes, psychological theory and history of the treatment to give the reader an in-depth understanding of the disorder. She also speculates on how Nash came to, if not cure himself, then to become able to control the symptoms in a way to live a normal life and subsequently return to research and academia.

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About the Author

Sylvia Nasar is the author of the bestselling A Beautiful Mind, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. She is the John S. and James. L Knight Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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