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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (28,137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sylvia Nasar Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“HOW COULD YOU, A MATHEMATICIAN, BELIEVE THAT EXTRATERRESTRIALS WERE SENDING YOU MESSAGES?” the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. “Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did,” came the answer. “So I took them seriously.”

Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who—thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community—emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the game theory revolution. The inspiration for an Academy Award–winning movie, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama about the mystery of the human mind, triumph over adversity, and the healing power of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Beautiful Mind is a brilliant book—at once a powerful and moving biography of a great mathematical genius and an important contribution to American intellectual history.”

    David Herbert Donald, New York Times bestselling author

  • A Beautiful Mind is a splendid book, deeply interesting and extraordinarily moving, remarkable for its sympathetic insights into both genius and schizophrenia. It is equally gripping as a portrait of the mathematical community at Princeton and of Nash’s friends and family, and the perhaps crucial part they played in his psychic survival and eventual emergence.”

    Oliver Sacks, bestselling author of Awakenings

  • A Beautiful Mind tells a moving story and offers a remarkable look into the arcane world of mathematics and the tragedy of madness.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Superbly written and eminently fascinating.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Nasar has written an intriguing account of a fascinating man, of a ‘beautiful’ mind, and of terrible madness. She has also written a deeply moving love story, an account of the centrality of human relationships in a world of nightmare and genius.”

    New England Journal of Medicine

  • “Economist and journalist Sylvia Nasar has written a biography of Nash that looks at all sides of his life. She gives an intelligent, understandable exposition of his mathematical ideas and a picture of schizophrenia that is evocative but decidedly unromantic. Her story of the machinations behind Nash’s Nobel is fascinating…highly recommended.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Every once in a while there appears a book on science that mirrors the splendor of its subject. Sylvia Nasar’s A Beautiful Mind is such a book—an eloquent, heartbreaking, and heartwarming tale, told with elegance and assurance of a major writer.”

    Timothy Ferris, author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way

  • “A notable biography…Nasar, an economics correspondent for the New York Times, is equally adept at probing the puzzle of schizophrenia and giving a non-technical context for Nash’s mathematical and scientific ideas.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rarely has the fragility of the boundary separating genius from madness been illustrated with more compelling insight…Untangling the strands of this perplexing life requires the rare author who can explicate the complex rationality of differential calculus and also plumb the bizarre illogic of schizophrenia…Nasar tells the story of a great mind broken and then healed with subtle sympathy, which will touch any reader who understands what it means to hope—or to fear.”


  • “Nasar tells a story of triumph, tragedy, and enduring love.”

    Library Journal

  • “Nasar…provid[es] a sense of the rarefied and competitive atmosphere of mathematics departments in the nation’s leading universities during the height of the Cold War. The peripheral characters of the book are vividly drawn, and episodes in Nash’s life are painted with an extraordinary attention to detail. She also presents advanced mathematical theories in an accessible and palatable way.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and Autobiography in 1998

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hayfa | 2/18/2014

    " These book tells a story of Mr. Nash , I advise everyone to read it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Simmie | 2/10/2014

    " I read this at a track meet...maybe because I was surrounded by sweaty athletes, or just sat there and read on the hard floor for 5 hours, but it was a little dry... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mamatoe | 2/9/2014

    " I picked up this audio book on a fluke at the library. I don't think I would have made it through the print version. It is interesting and very well written, but dense. It did open my eyes to life in academia, and I am looking forward to watching the movie. How could anyone possibly turn this tome into a popular movie? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nima | 2/2/2014

    " Great personality, speculative and insensitive treatment "

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