- A Beautiful Mind's John Nash is less complex than the real one. - By Chris Suellentrop - Slate Magazine
Here's what's true in Ron Howard's movie A Beautiful Mind—or, at least, here's what corresponds to Sylvia Nasar's biography of the same name: The mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. attended graduate school at Princeton, where he was arrogant, childish, and brilliant. His doctoral thesis on the so-called "Nash equilibrium" revolutionized economics. Over time, he began to suffer delusions. He was hospitalized for paranoid schizophrenia, administered insulin shock therapy, and released...
Note: see also: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/1994/nash-autobio.html and perhaps more interestingly: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Forbes_Nash&oldid=82692709
- Andrew Wiles, Wikipedia
Sir Andrew John Wiles (born April 11, 1953) is a British-American mathematician, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, Princeton mathematics department chair, and member of scientific advisory board of the Clay Mathematics Institute. One of the major highlights of his career has been an announcement of a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem in 1993 and a discovery of a beautiful method to complete that proof in 1994.
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- Burkard Polster
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Monash University. Areas of interest: -finite and topological geometry -combinatorial designs -group theory -history of mathematics -classical interpolation theory -computer visualisation -mathematics education and outreach -any kind of fun mathematics
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Note: His homepage at Monash is: http://www.maths.monash.edu.au/staff/bpolster.html
- Mathemagics--the art of mental calculation
Dr. Arthur Benjamin is both a professor of mathematics and a magician. He has combined his two loves to create a dynamic presentation called "Mathemagics," suitable for all audiences, where he demonstrates and explains his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator. Reader's Digest calls him "America's Best Math Whiz". He has presented his high energy talk on over a thousand occasions to audiences throughout the world. Dr. Benjamin has appeared on many television and radio programs, including: The Today Show, CNN, Amazing Discoveries! and National Public Radio. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, Omni Magazine, Esquire Magazine, People Magazine, and
Note: Art Benjamin (Harvey Mudd College) Szental Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University 4:00pm June 23, 2005 http://www.latrobe.edu.au/mathstats/seminars/2005_seminars.html The lecture I went to.
- Optimnem: The Official Website of Daniel Tammet
Daniel Tammet is a high-functioning autistic savant. He can calculate huge sums in his head in seconds and instantaneously recognise prime numbers, but he finds emotions difficult to understand and has trouble telling left from right. One of fewer than fifty such people living worldwide, Daniel is unique in his ability to articulate his savant experience. He describes his visual experience of numbers as complex synaesthetic shapes with colour, texture and motion. Thirty-seven is lumpy like porridge, while eighty-nine reminds him of falling snow. Sequences of digits form visual landscapes in his mind.
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Note: (wiki) Daniel Paul Tammet (born January 31, 1979) is a British autistic savant (though he has learnt how to manage social interaction) gifted with a facility for mathematics problems, sequence memory, and natural language learning. He was born with congenital childhood epilepsy. Experiencing numbers ...more as colors or sensations is a well-documented form of synesthesia, but Tammet is unique in how specific and detailed his mental imagery of numbers is.
- Wisconsin Medical Society - Savant Profile, Daniel Tammet
Exerpts from: The Boy With The Incredible Brain that was broadcast on Five on May 24, 2005 (also broadcast under the title "Brainman") Daniel Tammet first came to worldwide attention in March 2004 on international Pi Day (3/14, of course) when he recited, from memory, Pi to 22,514 decimal places. It took over five hours and set a new European record. The event, which Daniel named "Pi in the Sky", coincided with Einstein's birthday and took place in front of Einstein's blackboard at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England. Daniel used that event to raise funds for the National Society for Epilepsy because it was after a series of childhood seizures that his extraordinary number and memory abilities began, aligning him with that rare circumsta
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