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A Beautiful Mind

by Sylvia Nasar

In this powerful and dramatic biography Sylvia Nasar vividly re-creates the life of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by schizophrenia and who, after three decades of devastating mental illness, miraculously recovered and was honored with a Nobel Prize. A Beautiful Mind traces the meteoric rise of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of thirty, who dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed "impossible" by other mathematicians.But at the height of his fame, Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown and began a harrowing descent into insanity, resigning his post at MIT, slipping into a series of bizarre delusions, and eventually becoming a dreamy, ghostlike figure at Princeton, scrawling numerological messages on blackboards. He was all but forgotten by the outside world -- until, remarkably, he emerged from his madness to win world acclaim. A feat of biographical writing, A Beautiful Mind is also a fascinating look at the extraordinary and fragile nature of genius.

The Best American Science Writing 2008

by Sylvia Nasar

Edited by Sylvia Nasar, bestselling author of A Beautiful Mind and former economics correspondent for the New York Times, The Best American Science Writing 2008 brings together the premiere science writing of the year. Distinguished by the foremost voices and publications--among them Pulitzer Prize-winner Amy Harmon, Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore, and award-winning and bestselling author Oliver Sacks--this anthology is a comprehensive overview of our most advanced and most relevant scientific inquiries.

La gran búsqueda

by Sylvia Nasar

En un relato revolucionario y conmovedor la autora de Una mente prodigiosa recorre los dos últimos siglos junto conlos protagonistas que han cambiado el modo de vida de todos los habitantes del planeta. Construye una biografía coral del pensamiento político contemporáneo, una historia épica de la creación de la economía moderna, y de cómo ésta salvó a parte de la humanidad de la miseria y el hambre al poner su destino material bajo su control en vez de dejarlo en manos del azar. Por su relato desfilan Marx y Engels, el gran John Maynard Keynes, Schumpeter, Hayek, Joan Robinson, los influyentes estadounidenses Paul Samuelson y Milton Friedman, o el premio Nobel indio Amartya Sen. Nasar demuestra cómo lasideas de estos pensadores y activistas transformaron el mundo, del Londres de mediados del siglo xix, la ciudad más rica y deslumbrante del mundo, a los países desarrollados de Europa y América, y después al resto del planeta. En la apasionante historia de estos pioneros presenciamos la respuesta de hombres y mujeres a crisis personales, guerras mundiales, revoluciones y desastres económicos, y el modo en que lograron convertir una ciencia maldita en una victoria sobre el secular destino humano de pobreza y muerte prematura.

Grand Pursuit

by Sylvia Nasar

In a sweeping narrative, the author of the megabestseller A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. It's the epic story of the making of modern economics, and of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands rather than in Fate. Nasar's account begins with Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew observing and publishing the condition of the poor majority in mid-nineteenth-century London, the richest and most glittering place in the world. This was a new pursuit. She describes the often heroic efforts of Marx, Engels, Alfred Marshall, Beatrice and Sydney Webb, and the American Irving Fisher to put those insights into action--with revolutionary consequences for the world. From the great John Maynard Keynes to Schumpeter, Hayek, Keynes's disciple Joan Robinson, the influential American economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Freedman, and India's Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, she shows how the insights of these activist thinkers transformed the world--from one city, London, to the developed nations in Europe and America, and now to the entire planet. In Nasar's dramatic narrative of these discoverers we witness men and women responding to personal crises, world wars, revolutions, economic upheavals, and each other's ideas to turn back Malthus and transform the dismal science into a triumph over mankind's hitherto age-old destiny of misery and early death. This idea, unimaginable less than 200 years ago, is a story of trial and error, but ultimately transcendent, as it is rendered here in a stunning and moving narrative.

Una mente prodigiosa

by Sylvia Nasar

En 1949 John Forbes Nash era un joven estudiante de matemáticas en Princeton, y con su tesis doctoral, dedicada al desarrollo de lateoría de juegos, ya dio buena muestra de un talento que impresionó a hombres de la talla de Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer y John von Neumann.Más tarde, cuando trabajaba como profesor en el MIT de Cambridge, Massachusetts, se dedicó a investigar y resolver problemas matemáticos de gran envergadura, y en 1944 fue galardonado con el Premio Nobel de Economía.Este currículum, en apariencia impecable, solo nos habla de una parte de la vida de Nash, pero hay otros aspectos del genio que lorevelan como un hombre hundido en el desamor y perdido entre los fantasmas de la esquizofrenia, una enfermedad que lo mantuvo alejado del mundo durante treinta años y lo convirtió en una sombra patética que emborronaba las pizarras con mensajes numéricos imposibles de descifrar.

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