American Experience: A Brilliant Madness

The 2002 documentary tells the story of John Nash, the renowned mathematician whose genius was cut short by mental illness. Nash was an eccentric but extremely gifted mathematician at MIT who, at the age of 30, began to claim that he was claiming to communicate with aliens as a special messenger.

Nash was subsequently diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and admitted to various mental hospitals where he remained for 30 years, during which time a proof that he had written at 20 (Game Theory) became one of the foundations of modern economic theory.

Nash began to emerge from his delusions in the early 90’s and in 1994 was awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics at the age of 66 for his work on game theory over 40 years previously. He was also the subject of the Oscar-winning film ‘A Beautiful Mind’. This documentary features interviews with his wife Alicia, various friends, colleagues and Nash himself.

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