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A Brilliant Madness: American Nobel Economists
John F. Nash Jr.
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After a brilliant ascent in the world of mathematics and a parallel, stunning decline into the depths of schizophrenia, Nash was recognized with Harsanyi and German Reinhard Selten by the Nobel committee in 1994, for his work on game theory.

"Statistically, it would seem improbable that any mathematician or scientist, at the age of 66, would be able through continued research efforts, to add much to his or her previous achievements. However I am still making the effort and it is conceivable that with the gap period of about 25 years of partially deluded thinking providing a sort of vacation my situation may be atypical. Thus I have hopes of being able to achieve something of value through my current studies or with any new ideas that come in the future."


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