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A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994 Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Sylvia Nasar
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Topics for Discussion

What was the childhood of John Nash like? Were there any indications of mental illness?

How did Nash become interested in mathematics? Were there any indications in his childhood of his genius?

What indications of Nash's illness were evident to his colleagues and family? What did they think?

Why was Alicia criticized for having Nash committed? What was her objective?

How did Nash describe his illness? What were the symptoms that everyone around him recognized as signs of his mental deterioration?

What problems were involved in awarding Nash the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994? What were the concerns of the Academy?

What are the arguments for and against Nash's diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia? Why did some people questions the diagnosis?

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