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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash | [Sylvia Nasar]

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

John Nash was a mathematician teetering on the brink of international acclaim, but he fell instead into madness. Saved by the love of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, he went on to win a Nobel Prize and worldwide fame. This is his true story - and a new film starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.
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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 30, when he slipped into madness. Thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, he emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim. The inspiration for a new motion picture starring Russell Crowe, 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.

©1998 Sylvia Nasar, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Nonfiction (Abridged) 2003
"A remarkable look into the arcane world of mathematics and the tragedy of madness." (The New York Times Book Review)
"One of the few scientific biographies that could plausibly be described as a three-handkerchief read." (Wall Street Journal)
"Rarely has the fragility of the boundary separating genius from madness been illustrated with more compelling insight than in this biography." (Booklist)

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