'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies At 86 John Forbes Nash, Jr., the Nobel laureate known for his groundbreaking work on game theory, was killed in a N.J. taxi crash on Saturday. He was the subject of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind.
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'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies At 86

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'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies At 86

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies At 86

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies At 86

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John Forbes Nash, Jr., the Nobel laureate known for his groundbreaking work on game theory, was killed in a N.J. taxi crash on Saturday. He was the subject of the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And now a remembrance. The mathematician and Nobel Laureate John Nash has died. He and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a car crash over the weekend. Nash's struggle with schizophrenia inspired the Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind."

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JOHN NASH: I was disturbed in this way for a very long period of time, like 25 years. And the movie gives an insight into how this sort of thing can go.

MONTAGNE: That's John Nash in 2004. He is best known for his work in game theory, considered one of the most influential economic ideas of the 20th century.

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NASH: I don't think exactly like a professional economist. I think about economics and economic ideas but somewhat like an outsider.

MONTAGNE: When they died, John and Alicia Nash were returning from Norway where he received a mathematics prize. He was 86 years old.

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