By Akiva Goldsman
Motion picture script via Akiva Goldsman, in keeping with the biography through Sylvia Nassar.
In this dramatic and relocating biography, Sylvia Nasar re-creates the lifetime of a mathematical genius whose extraordinary profession used to be reduce brief by way of schizophrenia and who, after 3 a long time of devastating psychological ailment, miraculously recovered and used to be commemorated with a Nobel Prize. a gorgeous brain strains the meteoric upward push of John Forbes Nash, Jr., from his lonely early life in West Virginia to his scholar years at Princeton, the place he encountered Albert Einstein, John von Neumann, and a number of different mathematical luminaries. At twenty-one, the good-looking, formidable, eccentric graduate pupil invented what may turn into the main influential conception of rational human habit in sleek social technological know-how. Nash's contribution to video game conception might eventually revolutionize the sector of economics. As a tender professor at MIT, nonetheless in his twenties, Nash dazzled the mathematical global via fixing a chain of deep difficulties deemed "impossible" by way of different mathematicians. As unconventional in his inner most lifestyles as in his arithmetic, Nash fathered a baby with a lady he didn't marry. on the peak of the McCarthy period, he was once expelled as a safety threat from the supersecret RAND company -- the chilly struggle imagine tank the place he was once a specialist. At thirty, Nash used to be poised to take his dreamed-of position within the pantheon of history's maximum mathematicians. His affiliates incorporated the main popular mathematicians and economists of the period: Norbert Wiener, John Milnor, Alexandre Grothendieck, Kenneth Arrow, Robert Solow, and Paul Samuelson. He married an unique and lovely MIT physics pupil, Alicia Larde. they'd a son. Then Nash suffered a catastrophic psychological breakdown. Nasar info Nash's harrowing descent into madness -- his weird and wonderful delusions that he used to be the Prince of Peace; his resignation from MIT, flight to Europe, and try and surrender his American citizenship; his repeated hospitalizations, from the storied McLean, the place he got here to understand the poet Robert Lowell, to the crowded wards of a country health facility; his "enforced interludes of rationality" within which he used to be capable of go back in brief to mathematical examine. Nash and his spouse have been divorced in 1963, yet Alicia Nash persevered to take care of him and for his or her mathematically talented son, who used to be clinically determined with schizophrenia as undefined. stored from homelessness by way of his unswerving ex-wife and guarded through a handful of mathematical buddies, Nash lived quietly in Princeton for a few years, a dreamy, ghostlike determine who scrawled numerological messages on blackboards, all yet forgotten through the skin international. His early achievements, despite the fact that, fired the mind's eye of a brand new iteration of students. At age sixty-six, dual miracles -- a spontaneous remission of his ailment and the surprising determination of the Nobel Prize committee to honor his contributions to video game concept -- restored the area to him. Nasar recounts the sour behind-the-scenes conflict in Stockholm over no matter if to supply the last word honor in technological know-how to a guy regarded as "mad." She describes Nash's present ambition to pursue new mathematical breakthroughs and his efforts to be a loving father to his grownup sons. according to enormous quantities of interviews with Nash's kin, neighbors, and co-workers and ratings of letters and files, a gorgeous brain is a heartbreaking yet inspiring tale in regards to the such a lot striking mathematician of our time and his conquer a sad affliction.