Sunday, May 24, 2015

Economist John Nash, who Inspired 'A Beautiful Mind,' Killed in Car Crash

John Nash

John Nash, who inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, state police report, according to Reuters.

The couple were in a taxi cab whose driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail on Saturday afternoon while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike, said Sgt. Gregory Williams, a spokesman for the New Jersey State Police.

Nash was 86 and his wife was 82.

Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 1994 for his work on game theory and the mathematics of decision-making.

In 2002, Clifford F. Thie examined the extreme limitations of Nash developed game theory and Nash's flirtation with madness.



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The couple was ejected from the car... friend said the pair was on their way home from the airport after a trip to Norway, where Nash received a prestigious mathematics award....
Nash was in Norway on Tuesday to receive the Abel Prize for mathematics from King Harald V for his work, along with longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg, on nonlinear partial differential equations...
Though Nash was best known for his work in game theory, the Abel Prize recognized his other groundbreaking work in geometry and partial differential equations....
"Short of getting the prize myself, there is no one the prize could go to that would make me more happy," Sergiu Klainerman, a Princeton mathematics professor, said [just last week]...
"The prize has redressed a historical anomaly in the public," Klainerman said, referring to the popularity of Nash's game-theory work. "We mathematicians know very well that [Nash] did far deeper work much later. These are the works for which he is finally recognized today by the most prestigious mathematics prize."

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