A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

Book - 2001
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In a masterful blend of biography and science writing, Nasar traces John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s rise to the heights of intellectual achievement and his harrowing descent from eccentricity to insanity. Released as a major motion picture directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe and Ed Harris.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2001, c1998
Edition: Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9780743224574
Branch Call Number: 510.92 Nash-N 3558
Characteristics: 461 p. :,ill


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Jan 24, 2018

I only finished this biography because I said I would.
John was so repulsive and abusive that I felt like I was wasting my time reading about him.
The book IS well written though.

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).

Mar 16, 2017

The audio version read by Anna Fields is the ideal one for listening. Fields has a delivery that somehow conveys a deep understanding of both the book and the subject. Though very long for a biography, it never ceases to be interesting. This is due in part to the thorough introductions to the world of high-level mathematics, Nash's mental illness, the McCarthy era, and so on. One gets a vivid picture of the times in which Nash lived. The book also conveys directly Nash's many faults, most of which the film version glosses over or omits completely. When the book was over, I missed it. This is always a sign that the book was good.

Jan 20, 2013

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

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.

Dec 05, 2007

Finalist 1999 Pulitzer prize.

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