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Mathematician: John Forbes Nash Jr Essay

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John Forbes Nash Jr. was born on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia. John grew up to be one of the greatest mathematicians of his generation. Nash’s works in game theory, differential geometry, and particle differential equations are now used across the world in things such as: market economics, evolutionary biology, accounting, computing, politics, military theory, as well as others.
As stated before, Nash was born on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia. He is the son of his father, John Nash Sr., an electrotecnician, and his mother, Virginia Martin, a language teacher. It is said that when he was a young boy he converted his room into a laboratory and spent much of ...view middle of the document...

During his time at Princeton he proved an important theory in differential geometry about manifolds called the Nash Embedding Theorem.
Shortly afterwards, he became science assistant at the Massechusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge, Massechusetts. During his time at MIT he met his future wife Alicia Lopez-Harrison De Larde. De Larde, a naturalized US citizen from El Salvador, graduated from MIT with a major in physics. Nash and De Larde got married in February 1957 and in 1959 they had their first child.
During his wife’s pregnancy Nash begin to show signs of paranoia. Nash began to speak of imaginary people such as Charles Herman and William Parcher who he believed were putting his life in danger. He believed the men had ties to a communist conspiracy against him. Nash would often write to embassies in Washington saying that he believed the men were establishing a communistic government.
In April of 1959 he was admitted to the McLean Mental Hospital and was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes hallucinations and the patient to loose touch with reality). In 1961 Nash was admitted into the New Jersey State Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey where he was forced to take antipsychotic medications and insulin shock therapy. Over the next nine years he spent periods in psychiatric hospitals. In 1963 Nash and De Larde divorced though in 1970, after his final hospital...

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