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Essential John Nash

ISBN-10: 0691096104
ISBN-13: 9780691096100
Edition: 2002
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Description: When John Nash won the Nobel prize in economics in 1994, many people were surprised to learn that he was alive and well. Since then, Sylvia Nasar's celebrated biography A Beautiful Mind, the basis of a new major motion picture, has revealed the man.  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

When John Nash won the Nobel prize in economics in 1994, many people were surprised to learn that he was alive and well. Since then, Sylvia Nasar's celebrated biography A Beautiful Mind, the basis of a new major motion picture, has revealed the man. The Essential John Nash reveals his work--in his own words. This book presents, for the first time, the full range of Nash's diverse contributions not only to game theory, for which he received the Nobel, but to pure mathematics--from Riemannian geometry and partial differential equations--in which he commands even greater acclaim among academics. Included are nine of Nash's most influential papers, most of them written over the decade beginning in 1949.From 1959 until his astonishing remission three decades later, the man behind the concepts "Nash equilibrium" and "Nash bargaining"--concepts that today pervade not only economics but nuclear strategy and contract talks in major league sports--had lived in the shadow of a condition diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia. In the introduction to this book, Nasar recounts how Nash had, by the age of thirty, gone from being a wunderkind at Princeton and a rising mathematical star at MIT to the depths of mental illness.In his preface, Harold Kuhn offers personal insights on his longtime friend and colleague; and in introductions to several of Nash's papers, he provides scholarly context. In an afterword, Nash describes his current work, and he discusses an error in one of his papers. A photo essay chronicles Nash's career from his student days in Princeton to the present. Also included are Nash's Nobel citation and autobiography.The Essential John Nash makes it plain why one of Nash's colleagues termed his style of intellectual inquiry as "like lightning striking." All those inspired by Nash's dazzling ideas will welcome this unprecedented opportunity to trace these ideas back to the exceptional mind they came from.

Sylvia Nasar is an economic correspondent for the New York Times. She was born in Germany and earned her master's degree in Economics from NYU in 1976. She is an economist and author who is best known for her nonfiction book, A Beautiful Mind. The book is a biography of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr. Nasar's book details Nash's rise, decline into mental illness, recovery, and winning of the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Preface
Introduction
Press Release-The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Autobiography
Photo Essay
Editors Introduction to Chapter 3
The Game of Hex
Editor's Introduction to Chapter 4
The Bargaining Problem
Editor's Introduction to Chapters 5, 6, and 7
Equilibrium Points in n-Person Games
Non-Cooperative Games Facsimile of Ph.D. Thesis
Non-Cooperative Games
Two-Person Cooperative Games
Editor's Introduction to Chapter 9
Parallel Control
Real Algebraic Manifolds
The Imbedding Problem for Riemannian Manifolds
Author's Note to "The Imbedding Problem for Riemonnian Manifolds
Continuity of Solutions of Parabolic and Elliptic Equations
Afterword
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