Essay on John Forbes Nash Jr.

1009 Words Aug 16th, 2015 5 Pages
John Forbes Nash Jr. was born June 13, 1928 he is an American mathematician who works in game theory and differential geometry. He shared the 1994 Nobel prize in Economics with two other game theorists, Reinhard Selten and John Harsanyi. He is best known in popular culture as the subject of the Hollywood movie, A Beautiful Mind, about his mathematical genius and his struggles with mental illness. At 12, he was carrying out scientific experiments in his room at home. John at a young age didn 't like working with other people, preferring to do things alone. Instead of being social with his classmates he instead exchanged it for intellectual superiority, and he believed that dances and sports to be a distraction from experiments and studies. Nash excelled academically from a young age, he was able to skip a grade, and soon after was accepted into Princeton University. He was considered one of the best mathematicians of his time. Nash exhibits many of the key symptoms of the disease while attending Princeton University: hallucinations (he has a roommates but he lives in a single dorm room), delusions (thinks he works for the government), ideas of reference, poor social skills (mumbles, doesn’t talk much to strangers), awkward gestures and facial expressions, and jumbled speech. Nash’s first hospitalization occurred in 1958 when he was 29 and an assistant professor at MIT. He had extreme delusions and hallucinations of imaginary people and more than not, could not distinguish…

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