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A Brilliant Madness: The story of Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash

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Description: "The story of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by a descent into madness." Read a synopsis of the documentary, the film's transcript, primary sources such as John Nash's dissertation, his Nobel autobiography, and more. Based on the documentary, the teacher's guide provides suggestions for activities in civics, history, economics, and geography. Special features include an in-depth interview with Nash and game theory explained by Avinash Dixit: "What do NYPD Blue, soccer penalty kicks, union negotiators, OPEC, and crying children have in common?" The gallery features American Nobel Economists; the section People & Events includes the essay "Math and Science Achievement in the U.S." With a timeline and several other resources about mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and treatments such as insulin coma therapy.

Levels: High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Graphics, Lesson Plans and Activities, Web-Based Discussions, Internet-Based Projects
Math Topics: History and Biography, Game Theory, Economics

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