A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

Large Print - 2002
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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 ghostlike 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2002, c1998.
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780786242238
078624223X
Characteristics: 895 p. --

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susan_findlay
Jun 06, 2017

Well written and certainly thorough. John Nash lived an interesting life, but he doesn't come across as a particularly likable person (or one to whom it is particularly easy to relate).

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ambergrey100
Jan 20, 2013

A beautiful mind and a beautiful biography. They don't come better than this. A great read.

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ReidCooper
Sep 19, 2012

The movie's fine as a dramatization (although not great as an adaptation, and often more fiction than fact), but the book is much better. The real story would be hard to film properly, since the drama is as much one of ideas as of people.

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Cabby
Dec 05, 2007

Finalist 1999 Pulitzer prize.

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