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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