A Beautiful Mind - Summary

John Forbes Nash, Jr. (played by Russell Crowe in the film) is a child prodigy. While other boys his age are playing childhood games, John is reading E.T. Bell’s Men of Mathematics. Learning more at home than he does at school, the young lad is able to solve some of math’s most-difficult problems.

Studying at Princeton University, Nash is undaunted by other brilliant students and professors. At twenty-one, he writes a doctoral thesis which eventually makes him a Nobel Laureate.

Falling in love with Alicia Larde (Jennifer Connelly), one of his graduate students at M.I.T., Nash marries and soon has a son, John Charles Martin Nash. The family's world, however, has already fallen apart. John Nash, thirty-year-old mathematician, is now John Nash, paranoid schizophrenic.

Time passes. Two decades which might have been devoted to consistent, on-going mathematical work slip away. But even while Nash is unable to run a classroom, he still produces amazing results in his chosen field.

Alicia, Princeton and John’s family and friends stand by him. They give him love and provide a familiar environment. Then, accomplishing what so few people have ever been able to do, Nash seemingly wills himself to get well.

In 1994, at the age of 66, he shares the Nobel Prize for work he did as a graduate student. Most of his colleagues observe that his dissertation, for which he is honored, is far-less sophisticated than his later work.

In this story behind the movie, meet John Nash and Alicia Larde Nash. Watch a video in which the famous professor explains the influence of mathematics in his life (and how he viewed such things even when he was ill).

Take a virtual trip to Princeton to see what life was like for Nash when he studied at that university. Hear what he has to say when he won the Nobel Prize.

Learn about paranoid schizophrenia. Examine what scientists have determined about its development and treatment. And ... discover how the condition impacts the person who has it and the lives of friends and family who try to be supportive.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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