The Departments of Mathematics and Economics, in conjunction with
the Distinguished Visitors' Office of Haverford College, present:

## Harold W. Kuhn

### Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Princeton U.

will speak about

### "John Nash: Game Theorist and Pure Mathematician"

The published works of John Forbes Nash, Jr. are only 15 in number: five in game theory and ten in pure mathematics, the latter centered on imbedding problems and partial differential equations. A widely held opinion among mathematicians is that the papers in game theory, which won him a Nobel Prize in Economics, are trivial and hence inferior to the papers in pure mathematics. On the other hand, mathematical economists, who have given the Nash equilibrium a central role in economic theory, know little or nothing of Nash's other work. The object
of this lecture is to bridge this gap by giving a balanced appraisal of both halves of the work of this most original mathematical mind.

3 pm, Wednesday, 21 March 2001
Haverford College, Stokes 303

## Sylvia Nasar

### Knight Professor of Journalism at Columbia U.

former New York Times economics correspondent
author of the award-winning biography,
**A BEAUTIFUL MIND**

will speak about

### "Genius, Madness, Reawakening:

The Story of Nobel Laureate John Nash"

A legend by age thirty, recognized as a mathematical genius even as he
slipped into madness, John Nash emerged after decades of ghostlike existence
to win a Nobel and worldwide acclaim. Journalist Sylvia Nasar will tell
the dramatic story of the West Virginia native whose 1950 doctoral
dissertation at Princeton on game theory became a cornerstone of
modern economics and whose ultimate triumph over schizophrenia
has made him a symbol of hope around the world.

7 pm, Wednesday, 21 March 2001
Haverford College, Sharpless Auditorium

Travel Directions to Haverford College

Sylvia Nasar's New York Times article

February 2001 interview with John Nash

Prologue to Sylvia Nasar's
book, A Beautiful Mind

Simple example of a Nash equilibrium for students and movie fans

Ron Howard's film starring Russell Crowe "makes the mystery of the
human mind visually and dramatically compelling" and "presents mental illness in a way that doesn't allow viewers to keep it at arm's length" according to June 2001
article

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