Film Analysis: a Beautiful Mind

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A Beautiful Mind Film Analysis

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University of Phoenix - xxxxxxxxxx Learning Center
Economics for Business I
xx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx, Instructor
August 10, 2006

It is 1947 and John Nash has arrived at Princeton for graduate study in mathematics. "The mysterious “West Virginia genius" has no prep school legacy or old money ties to cushion his entry into the Ivy League - just Princeton's most prestigious fellowship to signify that he does indeed belong. It's not an easy fit for Nash, or for Princeton. Social niceties mean nothing to him; neither does attending class. He is obsessed with just one thing: finding a truly original idea. That, he's convinced, is the only way he will ever matter.

Relevance to Economics
Princeton's math department is brutally competitive and some of Nash's classmates would love to see him fail. Still, they tolerate him, and inadvertently incite him to greatness. He's with them one night in a local bar when their reaction to a hot blonde grabs his attention. As Nash observes their rivalry, the idea that has been haunting him bursts into focus. His resulting paper on game theory - the mathematics of competition - boldly contradicts the doctrines of Adam Smith, the father of modern economics. One-hundred-fifty years of accepted thought is abruptly outdated, and Nash's life is changed forever.

Many Minds of John Nash
Nash subsequently wins a coveted research and teaching post at MIT, but is not satisfied. Science had played a huge role in bringing about America's triumph in World War II, and now, as the Cold War rages, Nash yearns to play a role in this new conflict. His wish is granted when the Parcher recruits him for a top-secret assignment as an enemy code breaker. Nash throws himself into this consuming effort while continuing his work at MIT. It is there that he is challenged in an altogether new way by the beautiful and brilliant Alicia, a physics student who introduces...
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