A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many pages was John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s thesis in Chapter Ten?

2. Chapter Nineteen focuses on the McCarthy era in the spring of what year?

3. When did Joseph McCarthy die?

4. What is a situation in which no player can improve his situation in game theory?

5. John Forbes Nash, Jr. arrived at Princeton in what year, in Chapter Three?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s reputation in his second year of college, as described in Chapter Two? Where did he decide to go to graduate school?

2. When did Nash begin working for RAND? How did his work there influence his thinking?

3. How old was Nash when he arrived at Princeton? What year was it? In what areas was Princeton building its faculty at this time?

4. How does the author describe the romantic life of John Forbes Nash, Jr. in Chapter Twenty-One?

5. To what faculty members was Nash most closely associated at Princeton, as described by the author in Chapter Five?

6. How are John Forbes Nash, Jr.'s experiences in college described in Chapter Two?

7. What does the author write about Nash's involvement with games in Chapter Six?

8. How does the author describe the mathematics department at Princeton in Chapter Four? How was grading determined?

9. What led to Nash's theorem on manifolds in Chapter Twenty? What was the theory known as?

10. Where did Nash meet Eleanor? How is their relationship described in Chapter Twenty-Three?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Nash's relationship with Paul Cohen in 1958. What was Nash's career like during this year? What relationships did he form with the University of Chicago and Harvard University? Where was Nash working in 1958? Where did he want to work?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Jürgen Moser. When was the Courant Institute established? What was the basis of Nash's work there? How did Nash feel about his career in Chapters Thirty and Thirty-One? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Princeton University and Solomon Lefshetz in 1948. How does the author describe the transitions within the mathematics department in 1948? Who were the faculty? How did Solomon Lefshetz go about recruiting Nash? Why?

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