"A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash" by Sylvia Nasar

The biography of a brilliant mathematician, A Beautiful Mind is not onlyfascinating but extremely well written. John Nash is a mathematicianwhose brilliance is matched by illness, specifically schizophrenia. Whenhis illness takes over, his life changes dramatically. And in turn, heis changed by his illness.

Although the book is nothing like the movie (with very few exceptions),it does a much better job of conveying the extremes involved in Nash'slife. A brilliant, and arrogant, man who becomes ill but is stillbrilliant. On the other hand, a life full of promise becomes a livinghell, which Nash eventually overcomes.

The writing is wonderful, and the author pulled me in from the prologue.I was amazed by the math (although I didn't understand all of it) andawed by the power of Nash's illness. This is far and away the bestbiography I've ever read. Highly recommended!

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