March 12, 2011
A Beautiful Mind Questions
1. Describe the opening sequence when John Nash sees the others. What patterns does he see? Why is this important?
• John sees patterns on the man’s tie, and relates it to reflections of light and shapes. This shows his analytical mind, and his ability to relate two arbitrary things to geometry and math. 2. What is Nash's role at Princeton?
• Nash is a graduate student at Princeton. He is also famous for being one of two recipients of the Carnegie Prize for math. 3. What are the prizes the students talk about?
• The students talk about the Carnegie Prize, which John Nash and Martin Hansen both win. 4. How does Nash relate to the other students? What does he think of them? What do they think of him? What does he do that is inappropriate? • Nash does not easily interact with the other students. He keeps some distance initially, and thinks of himself as superior to the rest. The other students don’t quite accept him as on of their own. They like him in their own way. [I think you mentioned that] the inappropriate thing he does is talk to the woman at the bar rudely and directly. 5. Describe Nash as a student. What are his problems? Why does he have these problems? • Nash is a bad student. He does not attend class, and he thinks that the courses are a waste of time. He has these problems because he thinks that he is smarter than everyone else, and that the courses restrict his freedom of thought. 6. What does Nash think of himself? Is his self-assessment accurate? • Nash thinks that he is superior to the other students, and too smart for classes. He also thinks all his theories to be correct. He is only partially right, as he is in fact a genius, but not quite on the caliber of his ego. 7. What does Nash mean when he says, "The game is flawed"? Why does he say this? • Nash, with his mind for patterns and algorithms, created a strategy that should have been flawless. However, in the end, he loses, and refers to the game as flawed, most likely because of some rule in the game. He says this because he has a hard time admitting the defeats, and believes he should have won. 8. How does Nash's mind work? How does he see patterns? How do the filmmakers show this? • Nash has the capability of finding patterns and putting them together in an instant. He could look at words or numbers and assemble them to make sense. 9. What is meant by the statement, "In competitive behavior, someone always loses"? Do you agree? • It means that when others compete AGAINST each other, there is always a winner and a loser. Meaning, somebody gets what they want when another doesn’t. I agree with this statement. 10. What is meant by the statement, "My odds of success dramatically improve with each attempt"? Do you agree? Do human relationships depend on probability? • Nash meant that each time he tries, there is a better chance of him succeeding, or rather getting to a point of luck. I only sort of agree, as I don’t know what he fully meant. While human relationships don’t depend on probability, Nash had the chance to improve or evolve after each ‘attempt’. 11. Why do all of the professors give their pens to one man? • The giving of pens in the movie was in recognition of an outstanding accomplishment. 12. Why didn't John get a fellowship? What are his problems? • Nash didn’t get a fellowship because he frequently missed class. He also has not published any papers or done any research that can be shown, while his classmates have. 13. What does John mean when he says, "I can't fail! This is all I have!" Do you agree with him? What will happen to him if he fails? • When Nash speaks this, he is referring to his inability to solve problems and get proof for his thesis. Not knowing the character or person, I agree that all that is in his life is his studies. If he fails, he would not be allowed to work. Further...