First Edition of The Essential John Nash; Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning economist John F. Nash and Editor Sylvia Nasar

  • The Essential John Nash.

The Essential John Nash.


Item Number: 20046

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.

First edition of this volume which compiles John Nash’s most well-known papers. Octavo, original black cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by John Nash and Sylvia Nasar to the same recipient on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Grady Klein.

When John Nash was awarded the Nobel prize in economics in 1994, many people were surprised to learn that he was alive and well. Since then, Sylvia Nasar's celebrated biography A Beautiful Mind, has revealed the man. The Essential John Nash reveals his work--in his own words. This book presents, for the first time, the full range of Nash's diverse contributions not only to game theory, for which he received the Nobel, but to pure mathematics--from Riemannian geometry and partial differential equations--in which he commands even greater acclaim among academics. Included are nine of Nash's most influential papers, most of them written over the decade beginning in 1949. "Why are we so intrigued by the story of John Nash? We are curious to understand a person who proves theorems we are unable to fathom. We imagine the voices from another world he has heard. We ask where he was for 30 years during which he walked among us but wasn't here. We are frightened and we are attracted by this combination of 'crazy' and 'genius', an invitation for visiting the edge of our own minds" (Ariel Rubinstein).

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