Monday, October 5, 2009

Based on the Book

The movie A Beautiful Mind is based on the biography of John Forbes Nash Jr., winner of the Nobel-Prize for his economic theories who suffers from schizophrenia. The movie won 4 academy awards and we have the book available for checkout at call number B NAS

"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 and world acclaim.

Here is a full length documentary on the life of John Nash titled A Brilliant Madness:

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