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John Szmyd 10/10/06 Psychology Professor John Nash John Nash was a prodigious math student, exhibiting phenomenal instincts even as a young man. His prowess enabled him to study at Princeton University, which, at the time, was the best school for mathematics. There, Nash formulated his historic “Game Theory,” a study of strategic decision-making that would be applied to world-wide economics (Daniels). Soon after this discovery, Nash developed schizophrenia, a condition he would suffer from for most of his life. Alicia, John’s wife, noted his abnormal behavior and sent him to McLean Hospital, where he was treated. His schizophrenia did not prevent him from doing his work, “When his disease was in full bloom, Nash managed to travel extensively in Europe and America, solicited legal help, and even learned sophisticated computer programs” (Daniels). In “A Beautiful Mind,” Nash, played by Russel Crowe, believes he is only able to work when he is not medicated, a common trend in schizophrenic patients. Nash had auditory hallucinations, not visual ones that are portrayed in the movie.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHYS 109 taught by Professor Watson during the Fall '08 term at Middlebury.

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