A Brilliant Mad Man: The Story Behind John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Oh dear. It’s that time of year again. The air is chilly, shorts are put away for sweaters, and the nightmares come back. And not because of Halloween movies.

Night of the Notables is here! Well, about a month away from here but close enough! I remember doing this last year, man those were some interesting memories. Martin Luther King Jr. was an interesting person to be. Doing all my work last minute, thinking I could actually do it. Haha, I can finally say i’ve learned from my mistakes.

What I haven’t learned from last year however was focusing on one person. There were dozens of people I could have chosen from and that’s what made life so difficult. With so many possibilities, it made choosing my person ever more difficult.



So when I was deciding the person I wanted to be this year, I had one goal in my mind: I wanted to be someone who had totally different personalities as me. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and go for someone who was different and was seen by others as someone, as the term I like to use, “unordinary”. It will be both fun and challenging when trying to portray this person in a manner that can engage audiences while inform them. Another reason I chose to be someone who is “unordinary” because I wanted to show my peers, parents, and those non-believers that eminent people have disabilities to0. That disabilities and their challenges should not be the reason that someone should be considered eminent or not.

So after days of searching, I’ve finally decided to do… John Forbes Nash, Jr.! John_Forbes_Nash,_Jr._by_Peter_Badge

So, who is this guy? An athlete? A film director? A rapper?

No to all the above. John Forbes Nash, Jr. is a famous Nobel prize winning mathematician whose works in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations have provided insight into the factors that govern chance and events inside complex systems in daily life.

So what makes him different than other mathematician? Well, he has a very unfortunate sickness, known as paranoid schizophrenia.Paranoid schizophrenia is a mental sickness that is defined as “a chronic mental illness in which a person loses touch with reality (psychosis).” (Wikipedia) This caused great distress for Mr. Nash as he was trying to live his life. However, although strongly affecting all aspects of his life, this mental sickness did not stop him from doing what he loved, which was math! (Weird right?)

so I’m pretty excited to start my journey into Mr. Nash’s beautiful mind, which I believe is totally different in mind, which is why I chose him. Mr. Nash is a white male, an atheist, who was born to a father who was a electric engineer & a mother who was a school teacher before his parents got married. He went to Carneige Insistue of Technology (now Carneige Mellon University) with a full scholarship. He later accepted a scholarship to Princeton University in Mathematics.

John Nash seems to have a a linear way of thinking, with his mathematics skills. I, on the other hand, am not very good at math and am not a genius. See the resemblance? Neither Can I. That’s why it would be interesting to become this individual with his way of thinking. I do not see many similarities between myself and him, but once I dig deeper into his life, I will find different things about him that I can relate to.

The only major challenge I see with being him is my information. If you don’t know, a movie called A Beautiful Mind, was based on his life. However, the film and his life are very different, so I think it is a big challenge to differ between the two and try not to gather information from the wrong sources.

As my post comes near to an end, I want to share what my goals are for learning throughout the year. The main goal of mine for this year is to step outside my comfort zone when it comes to learning. With opportunities like this, I want to be someone who others wouldn’t see me being, or choosing a topic that others wouldn’t consider doing. I want to be out there with my learning and gain new knowledge of things other people likely won’t know. I want to be different. I want to be different than the norm.

This is the end my dear blog, and I hope that my next visit won’t be a complete disaster.