Posted by: mbconsulting | June 6, 2010

John Nash – Games, Nobel Prize and “A Beautiful Mind”

Discover Dr. John Hash – A Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences

Mr. John Nash is an economist, Noble Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences, in 1994 for his theory related with theory non-cooperative games.

His colleagues considered him a Genius. The Harvard University underrated his qualifications so he joined Princeton to complete his equilibrium theory. He became a doctor in 1950 with a thesis on dissertation on non-cooperative games. This thesis was later renamed ‘Nash Equilibrium’ and comprised of four articles:

– ‘The Bargaining Problem’ (1950)
– ‘Equilibrium Points in N-person Games’ (1950)
– ‘Two –person Cooperative Games’(1953)
– ‘Non-cooperative Games’ (1954)

Nash performed real good work in Algebraic configurations. His profound contributions in mathematics is the Nash embedding theorem that clarifies that any abstract Riemannian manifold can be isometrically realized as a sub-manifold of Euclidean space. The nonlinear parabolic partial differential equation and singularity theories were also supported.

His creative mind faced a terrible illness: schizophrenia, when he was around 31 y.o. For more than 25 years he fight with this disease and finally, helped by his wife and by the mathematicians community, he succeeded to win, maybe, the most important battle for his life and started again normal activities. Ten years later, at 66 y.o., without a job, with a small pension, he received the Nobel Prize.

His life story inspired Sylvia Naser, a former economics correspondent for The New York Times, the Knight Professor of Journalism at Columbia University that wrote in 1996 the novel “A beautiful mind: the life of mathematical genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash”.

Later, based on her novel, the movie: “A beautiful mind” – directed by Ron Howard, with Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly won 4 Oscars in 2001 and many other awards in different contests. So, Dr. John Nash was better known as a person that recovered from a serious illness, instead of his achievements.

In 2004, at the 1st Meeting of Laureates in Economic Sciences, in Lindau, Germany, in an interview held by freelance journalist Marika Griehsel, Dr. Nash talks about the impact the Nobel Prize had on his life, his talent for mathematics as a child, the work that gave him the Prize, about important economic issues, including economic crisis, and, of course, his thoughts about the movie on his life, ‘A Beautiful Mind’. Please meet the real Mr. John Nash on this interview!

On Internet Movie Database, the movie “A Beautiful Mind” is placed on Top -US-Grossing Biographies, as follows:

1.The Blind Side – $256M
2.A Beautiful Mind – $171M
3.Catch Me If You Can – $164M
4.The Sound of Music – $163M
5.The Pursuit of Happyness – $163M

All around the world, everything is about money! What do you think about?

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