A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Where did John Forbes Nash, Jr. grow up? How were Nash's parents described in Chapter One?

John Forbes Nash, Jr. grew up in Bluefield, West Virginia. His parents married on September 6, 1924. They lived in Bluefield in the coal mining mountains of West Virginia and became Episcopalians. The Nash's were respectable middle-classers. John Sr. worked for Appalachian Power and was steadily employed through the Depression.

2. How was John Forbes Nash, Jr. described as a child in Chapter One? When did he develop an interest in mathematics?

As a child, John was a loner but curious and always asking questions. He liked to learn on his own and read books. He had few friends and was awkward in social situations. John's teachers complained that he would not make the effort to do his schoolwork. He became interested in mathematics at the age of thirteen when reading Men of Mathematics.

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