The life of the late John Nash (1928-2015) is a vivid example of the transformation of rumor into world legend. There was a time in Princeton University people, who did not know his undertaking during his youth, called him ‘Phantom of the Fine Hall’. Died last May in a car accident with his beloved wife, Alicia Larde, whom he met while was in MIT, his existence has inspired many. It is easy to understand and follow the rise and fall of a businessman. But, it is difficult to comprehend and appreciate the rise and fall of a genius. Nash, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in 1950s, sparks controversy when Nobel committee refuses to grant him the prize. It takes 45 years for him to gain global recognition. In 1994, Nash, in remission from schizophrenia, shared the Nobel Prize in economics for what he had done in his early 30s.
The book A Beautiful Mind written by Sylvia Nasar portrays the life of the professor in mathematics. His story gains positive responses, though only few people understand how hard it was for Sylvia to compose it since Nash himself preferred to remain silent at first. However, most of his colleagues and relatives promoted the making of the book. They feel that the world should understand the pain of being John Nash: A genius mathematician who suffered from Continue reading “A Beautiful Mind”