A BEAUTIFUL AND STRUGGLING MIND
Nobel Prize-winning mathemagician John Nash (86) died with his wife Alicia (82) in a car accident last Saturday when their taxi crashed in New Jersey, USA.
The mathematician – who once was under-estimated by Albert Einstein – is renowned for his work in game theory. He won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994.
Nash was portrayed by the Academy Award-winning film “A Beautiful Mind“ which is about his groundbreaking work in game theory and his struggles with paranoid schizophrenia.
John Nash, a brilliant and highly likeable genius of its own, inspired generations of mathematicians, scientists, politicians, business people, entrepreneurs, economists, and many, many more. All of them strongly influenced by his splendid work in game theory.
After Nash had married Alicia Larde – an MIT physics major when the pair met in 1957 – he developed schizophrenia soon after. The couple divorced in 1963, but Alicia continued to care for John during his illness. He resumed researching and teaching again in the 1980s. The couple remarried in 2001 and became prominent mental health advocates.
In an autobiographical essay submitted to the Nobel committee, Nash says about his illness and his long fight against it the following:
“However I am still making the effort and it is conceivable that with the gap period of about 25 years of partially deluded thinking providing a sort of vacation my situation may be atypical. Thus I have hopes of being able to achieve something of value through my current studies or with any new ideas that come in the future.”