Remembering John F. Nash, Jr.

May 26, 2015 | By French Culture

Born in 1928, John F. Nash, Jr. was an American mathematician whose work on, in his words, “logic, game theory, cosmology, and gravitation,” greatly extended the reach of pure mathematics as well as modern economic theory and earned him a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994, with John Harsanyi and Reinhard Selten. Dr. Nash and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a car crash in New Jersey on Saturday.

In the words of Christopher L. Eisgruber, president of Princeton University, where Nash was Senior Research Mathematician, “John’s remarkable achievements inspired generations of mathematicians, economists and scientists.”

His colleague Louis Nirenberg described Nash as maybe the only mathematical "genius" of our time who "thought about things differently from other people." 

We are very honored to have had Nash share his thoughts in a conversation with fellow mathematician Cédric Villani at Festival Albertine, the inaugural celebration of Albertine Books in French and English this past September.

Dr. Nash will be dearly missed not only throughout the academic community, but by curious thinkers of all stripes around the world.


Follow this link to stream his conversation, "Mathematical Styles & the Process of Discovery" with Cédric Villani, and moderated by then Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy to the U.S., Antonin Baudry.

Read more: 
John F. Nash Jr., Math Genius Defined by a ‘Beautiful Mind,’ Dies at 86 (New York Times) 
Mort du mathématicien John Nash, Prix Nobel d’économie et « homme d’exception, (Le Monde) 

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