A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

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A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar ‘A tale of how a man achieved the Nobel Prize after 10 years of schizophrenia’ Set during the 20th century, A Beautiful Mind is a biography on John Nash, whom worked against all odds and achieved the Nobel Prize for Economical Science in 1994 after been diagnosis of schizophrenia in 1959. ‘How could you, a mathematician, believe that the extraterrestrials were sending you a message?’ a Harvard visitor asked. ‘Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematics ideas did, and I took them seriously!’ came the answer. Thus begins the tale of John Nash, a mathematician who suffered from schizophrenia at the ago of 30, and who—with the selflessness of his family members and the faithfulness of Princeton—emerged as one of the most famous and influential mathematician on the century, also holder of the Nobel Prize for economics for 1994. Nash was born in Bluefield on 23rd June 1928, from young; Nash can be seen as a unique child. He never participate in sports and social activities, he viewed those as a waste of time, and his favorite past time to carry out scientific experiments in his room. He is educated in the Bluefield College and later the Carnegie Mellon University, which is where he found his interest in mathematics. Following that, he went to Princeton to obtain his doctorate in mathematics in 1950. In his teaching years in MIT, he met Alicia López-Harrison de Lardé, the couple married in February 1957. In 1958, Nash started to show signs of schizophrenia, and was admitted to the McLean Hospital in 1959. Nash returned to Princeton to seek medical help and to recuperate. From 1959 to 1970, Nash was under intensive treatment and was give insulin shock therapy and antipsychotic treatment. Between the 11 years, he gradually recovered and in 1970, he totally recovered from schizophrenia.

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