The Great Game

NEW STATESMAN: A Beautiful Mind is a film about a mathematician, but it is not a film about mathematics. It concentrates on John Nash’s battle with schizophrenia, and barely touches on his great mathematical achievements, which are mentioned only in bar-room scenes or hinted at via arcane equations scrawled on window panes.

To try to complete the picture, it is important to understand Nash’s passion – game theory – and how his contribution to that subject has had a huge influence on modern economics. In just a few short years, a man barely out of his teens laid the foundations for a discipline that had an enormous impact on economies all over the world.

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