A beautiful mind dating theory

He abandons his students, alienates his colleagues and replaces his research with a fruitless and all-consuming obsession.

Eventually he is taken into hospital where he is forced, with the help of electric-shock therapy and regular medication, to accept his condition and attempt to repair the shattered fragments of his life. Of course he succeeds, this is Hollywood and Hollywood likes a happy ending.

As a young man, John Nash was a mathematical genius.

In 1947 he went to Princeton on a Carnegie Scholarship, and after three years had produced a 27-page dissertation for his doctorate in which he greatly expanded the field of Game Theory, transporting it from a position of relative obscurity into one of almost universal relevance.

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Medication helps him improve somewhat--but only, of course, when he takes the medication.

One night he and Alicia stand under the sky and he asks her to name any object, and then connects stars to draw it.

Romantic, but it's not so romantic when she discovers his office thickly papered with countless bits torn from newspapers and magazines and connected by frantic lines into imaginary patterns.

When he won the Nobel, Nash was asked to write about his life, and he was honest enough to say his recovery is "not entirely a matter of joy." He observes: "Without his 'madness,' Zarathustra would necessarily have been only another of the millions or billions of human individuals who have lived and then been forgotten." Without his madness, would Nash have also lived and then been forgotten?

Did his ability to penetrate the most difficult reaches of mathematical thought somehow come with a price attached?

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