Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Deviating from the line": Review of A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasar.Reviewed by Karl Sigmund. Nature, 8 July 1999,pages 129-130.

In 1994, John Nash received the Nobel Prize in Economics for mathematical workhe published in 1950. This book tells the story of Nash's life, his brilliantmathematical work, his complicated personal life, and his long battle withschizophrenia. Although the book has some shortcomings, the reviewer writes,"Nasar has succeeded in writing an admirable book that grips from beginning toend."

--- Allyn Jackson

American Mathematical Society