Web Sites | Books
John Nash's Autobiography
Visit the Nobel e-Museum Web site and read the autobiography John Nash submitted to the Nobel Foundation when he received the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
A Beautiful Mind
The companion Web site to the Hollywood film, A Beautiful Mind, includes the "Blackout" interactive game, based on Nash's mathematical explorations, as well as IQ tests and other resources for exploring genius.
The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
The School of Mathematics and Statistics at Scotland's University of St Andrews has amassed an extensive archive on the history of mathematics. Browse biographies of famous mathematicians, learn about mathematics in different cultures, and search quotations by famous mathematicians, from ancient Egyptian scribe Ahmes to present-day cosmology celebrity Stephen Hawking.
Mathematician Keith Devlin posts a regular column on the Web site of the Mathematical Association of America, and has written several columns related to Nash. The December 2001 and January 2002 columns, "A Beautiful Portrayal" and "A Beautiful Mind," address mathematics and the Hollywood version of Nash's story. " Of Men, Mathematics, and Myths" addresses the myths surrounding mathematical genius.
Al Roth's Game Theory and Experimental Economics Page
Harvard Business School professor Al Roth compiles resources including introductory articles on game theory-related subjects; bibliographies; and links to Web sites of interest.
Race for the Superbomb
The site features a 1953 Panic Quiz from Collier's magazine as well as video clips showing the destructive force of nuclear weapons.
Trace the history of the nation's first "think tank," where John Nash researched game theory in 1950.
The National Institute of Mental Health provides a thorough description of schizophrenia, its causes, treatment, and the outlook for future treatments, along with a list of information, support, and advocacy organizations.
More information for the public on schizophrenia, including a bibliography and contact information for other organizations, is published on the American Psychiatric Association's Web site.
Browse another fact sheet on schizophrenia, produced by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
Mental Patients' Autobiographies
Psychology professor Bob Sommer of the University of California, Davis, maintains an annotated list of autobiographies by mental patients, including information on whether each autobiography is in print, and whether its author was treated or hospitalized.
The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Web site publishes this scientific article examining ECT, the "mainstay of biological treatment in psychiatry through the 1940s and 1950s." Browse the site for more reading on schizophrenia and antipsychotic drugs.
The History of Shock Therapy in Psychiatry
The Brain & Mind Electronic Magazine on Neuroscience includes an article by Brazilian neuroscientist Dr. Renato M.E. Sabbatini outlining the history of several controversial therapies. Includes bibliography and a list of Web resources.
Web Sites | Books
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-IV. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 1994.
This bible of the mental health establishment, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) lists the diagnostic criteria and treatments of mental illnesses.
Anonymous. The Philosophy of Insanity, by a Late Inmate of the Glasgow Royal Asylum for Lunatics at Gartnavel. Greenberg, 1947 (first published Edinburgh: Maclachlan & Stewart, 1860).
A work by a patient who weaves his own experience into remarkably insightful observations on mental illness.
Baird, Douglas, Gertner, Robert, and Randal Picker. Game Theory and the Law. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1994.
Beam, Alex. Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital. New York: Public Affairs, 2001.
Beers, Clifford Whittingham. A Mind That Found Itself: An Autobiography. Longmans, Green, 1908.
An unforgettable account of paranoia by the patient who went on to found the Mental Hygiene Movement, supported by William James, Jane Addams, and others.
Brams, Steven. Rational Politics: Decisions, Games, and Strategy. Reprint. Boston: Academic Press, 1989.
Brandenberger, Adam, and Barry Nalebuff. Co-opetition. New York: Doubleday, 1996.
Dixit, Avinash, and Barry Nalebuff. Thinking Strategically: the Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.
Dixit, Avinash, and Susan Skeath. Games of Strategy. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.
Fudenberg, Drew, and Jean Tirole. Game Theory. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1991.
Gabbard, Drin and Gabbard, Glen O. Psychiatry and the Cinema. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1987.
This book reviews how psychiatry and mental illness have been treated in cinema over the past century.
Gottesman, Irving I. Schizophrenia Genesis: The Origins of Madness. New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1991.
Green, Hannah (pseudonym for Joanne Greenberg). I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1964.
The first of many narratives by mentally ill authors, this is the best-selling account of mental illness ever published.
Grob, Gerald N. The Mad Among Us. New York: The Free Press, 1994.
This account chronicles the changes in attitude toward and treatment of the mentally ill in the U.S., discussing how psychiatry has progressed from a practice that took place in asylums to one that now primarily takes place in private offices.
Luce, R. Duncan, and Howard Raiffa. Games and Decisions: Introduction and Critical Survey. New York: Wiley, 1957.
Maynard Smith, John. Evolution and the Theory of Games. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1982.
McMillan, John. Games, Strategies, and Managers. Reprint. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Myerson, Roger. Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1991.
Nasar, Sylvia. A Beautiful Mind. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
The thoroughly researched book about John Nash and his world won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography and inspired a Hollywood movie.
Nash, John. The Essential John Nash. edited by Sylvia Nasar and Harold W. Kuhn. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2001.
Nijinsky, Vaslav. The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. Simon & Schuster, 1936; retranslated and published in an unexpurgated edition, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999.
Nijinsky, the "God of the Dance," wrote this in the locked ward where he spent his last three decades.
North, Carol S. Welcome, Silence: My Triumph Over Schizophrenia. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.
A courageous young woman battles her way through college and medical school despite constant and debilitating auditory hallucinations, before her schizophrenia, according to her, is cured by kidney dialysis.
Ordeshook, Peter, A Political Theory Primer. New York: Routledge, 1992.
Sass, Louis. Madness and Modernism. New York: BasicBooks, 1992.
A clinical psychologist offers a new vision of schizophrenia, comparing it with the works of modern writers such as Kafka and philosophers such as Nietzsche.
Schelling, Thomas. The Strategy of Conflict. Revised edition. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1980.
Torrey, E. Fuller. Surviving Schizophrenia. Fourth edition. Quill, 2001.
A clear and thorough primer and manual for families, consumers, and providers by one of the nation's leading writers on mental illness, particularly schizophrenia.
----. Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness Crisis. John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
A damning portrayal of how the mentally ill are treated in this country. Torrey speaks out against the way "deinstitutionalization" has left many of the mentally ill on the streets and without treatment.
von Neumann, John, and Oskar Morgenstern. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Second edition. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1947.
Ward, Mary Jane. The Snake Pit. Random House, 1946.
The author, revealing the abuses of the mental hospitals of the day, compares various biological methods -- shock, sedation, hydrotherapy -- but favors psychoanalysis.
Whitaker, Robert. Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Publishing, 2002.