A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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* John Forbes Nash Jr. came from Bluefield, West Virginia, and became well known as a mathematician in 1948; genius eventually caused Nash to slip into madness in his thirties.

* Chapter One discusses Nash's childhood in Bluefield; his parents married on September 6, 1924, lived in the coal mining mountains of West Virginia, and became Episcopalians.

* John Sr. worked for Appalachian Power and was steadily employed through the Depression.

* After taking courses at Bluefield College, Johnny won a Westinghouse Scholarship to the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

* Chapter Two tells of John's years at Carnegie, from 1945 to 1948; he originally planned to be a chemical engineer but changed to mathematics.

* By the end of his second year, Nash had the reputation of being a genius and students would come to him for help.

* John was disappointed in March 1947 when he didn't score in the top five in the William Putnam Mathematical...

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