“A Brilliant Madness” – The Story of John Nash (PBS)

  • Starts November 23, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
  • Ends November 24, 2009 @ 12:00 am
  • Location Presentation Room, Student Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga

Monday, November 23, 2009
Film Screening “A Brilliant Madness” – The Story of John Nash (PBS)
Student Centre, Presentation Room
5:00 pm

A Brilliant Madness is the story of a mathematical genius whose career was cut short by a descent into madness. At the age of 30, John Nash, a stunningly original and famously eccentric MIT mathematician, suddenly began claiming that aliens were communicating with him and that he was a special messenger. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Nash spent the next three decades in and out of mental hospitals, all but forgotten. During that time, a proof he had written at the age of 20 became a foundation of modern economic theory. In 1994, as Nash began to show signs of emerging from his delusions, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics. The program features interviews with John Nash, his wife Alicia, his friends and colleagues, and experts in game theory and mental illness.

Join us in delving into the mind of arguably one of the greatest mathematicians in recent history, and a discussion on how mental illness can alter the quality of a persons life.