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Sylvia Nasar

Geburtstag: 17. August 1947

Sylvia Nasar ist Professorin für Journalismus an der Columbia University. Sie ist die Tochter einer deutschen Mutter und eines usbekischen Vaters. Ihre Familie zog 1951 in die USA und 1960 in die Türkei . 1965 kehrte ihre Familie wieder in die USA zurück. Sie studierte Wirtschaftswissenschaften unter anderem in New York und München.

Im Jahr 1998 veröffentlichte sie bei Simon & Schuster die Biographie des Mathematikers John F. Nash A Beautiful Mind. In Deutschland erschien das Buch unter den Titeln Auf den fremden Meeren des Denkens bzw. Genie und Wahnsinn. Das Leben des genialen Mathematikers John Nash . Die Verfilmung des Buches durch Ron Howard im Jahr 2001 gewann vier Oscars.

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„Der Herr Gott ist raffiniert aber Boshaft ist Er nicht“ Beautiful Mind

„I've made the most important discovery of my life. It's only in the mysterious equation of love that any logic or reasons can be found.“ A Beautiful Mind

„You are all my reasons.“ A Beautiful Mind

„A profile, a look, a voice, can capture a heart in no time at all.“ A Beautiful Mind

„Hey Nash! You scared?'
'Terrified, mortified, petrified... stupefied by you!“
A Beautiful Mind

„RAND scientists tried to tell their wives that the decision whether to buy or not to buy a washing machine was an 'optimization problem'.“ A Beautiful Mind

„It was like a tornado, you want to hold on to everything you have, you don't want to let anything go.“ A Beautiful Mind

„Delusion is not just fantasy but compulsion.“

„People look to the order of numbers when the world falls apart.“ A Beautiful Mind

„I thought I could save a very worthwhile person.“ A Beautiful Mind

„... his condition in Roanoke is a strong testament that lassitude, indifference and the peculiarities of his thought were primarily the consequences of his illness and not of the early attempts to treat it.

The popular view that anti-psychotics were chemical straight jackets that suppressed clear thinking and voluntary activity seems not to be borne out in Nash's case.

If anything, the only periods when he was relatively free of hallucinations, delusions and the erosion of will were the periods following either insulin treatment or the use of anti psychotics.

In other words, rather than reducing Nash to a zombie, medication seemed to reduce zombie like behavior.“
A Beautiful Mind

„Hopes of putting their sad history behind them was bound to be bittersweet.“

„How could you,' Mackey asked, 'how could you, a mathematician, a man devoted to reason and logical proof... how could you believe that extra terrestrials are sending you messages? How could you believe that you are being recruited by aliens from outer space to save the world? How could you...?' "Nash looked up at last and fixed Mackey with an unblinking stare as cool and dispassionate as that of any bird or snake. 'Because,' Nash said slowly in his soft, reasonable southern drawl, as if talking to himself,'the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way that my mathematical ideas did. So I took them seriously.“

„In The Dynamics of Creation, Anthony Storr, the British psychiatrist, contends that an individual who “fears love almost as much as he fears hatred” may turn to creative activity not only out of an impulse to experience aesthetic pleasure, or the delight of exercising an active mind, but also to defend himself against anxiety stimulated by conflicting demands for detachment and human contact.21“ Beautiful Mind

„Fermat’s assertion that if n is any whole number and p any prime, then n multiplied by itself p times minus n is divisible by p.“ Beautiful Mind

„Store speculates:
Some creative people… of predominantly schizoid or depressive temperaments... use their creative capacities in a defensive way. If creative work protects a man from mental illness, it is a small wonder that he pursues it with avidity. The schizoid state... Is characterized by a sense of meaninglessness and futility. For most people, interaction with others provides most of what they require to find meaning and significance in life. For the schizoid person, however, this is not the case. Creative activity is a particularly apt way to express himself... The activity is solitary... [but] the ability to create and the productions which result from such ability are generally regarded as possessing value by our society.“

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