A Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind

Mathematician John Forbes Nash won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994, after suffering 35 years from paranoid schizophrenia. His story inspired the movie A Beautiful Mind, which recently won the Oscar for Best Picture. John Forbes Nash is a mathematical genius that is described as having "two helpings of brain and only half a helping of heart". His heroic struggle with mental illness and the incredible toll that took on his marriage forms the heart and soul of A Beautiful Mind. John Nash attended Princeton University during the cold war. He was a very competitive and arrogant human being.

Today Nash's theories influence global trade negotiations, and even breakthroughs in evolutionary biology. After marrying the love of his life Alicia, John is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The on set of his disease came about in as little as two weeks. The underlying point of this film was to give people a realistic view of what life is like for someone with this disease.

John Nash would not have survived for as long as he has if it weren't for his loving and dedicated wife Alicia. Together thy triumphed over his disease.

MSN.com has a definition for schizophrenia, which states "schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and often disabling brain disease. While the term schizophrenia literally means, 'split mind', it should not be confused with a 'split' or multiple personality. It is more accurately described as a psychosis-a type of illness that causes severe mental disturbances that disrupt normal thought, speech, and behavior."

John Nash was a brilliant man who was intelligent in many ways. As Howard Gardner would say, Nash is a prime example of his theory of multiple intelligences. On page 127 of our text the theory of multiple intelligence is explored. Although John Nash was lacking...