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

Sylvia Nasar
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.


Reviewed: 2020-10-30

Sometimes true stories will resonate with me in a way that is awe-inspiring. To know that this man, John Nash was a true person and to see all the trials that he went through is fascinating. This is a heart felt story about a man with a troubled medical issue that wasn't really well studied and only knew so little about during his time. The demons that he had to overcome later in his life was touching and I felt for his character. While the pacing on this one was a bit slow, I don't feel like it completely took away from the story. I wasn't a fan of the woman that he married in the end because to me I didn't find them to be truly compatible but that is just my opinion. I'm glad that I looked into this one and I would recommend it to others.

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