The Publisher’s Dilemma

This may be my last entry…

John Nash’s death was widely reported today but pretty much every report said the same thing:

John Nash, who inspired the move ‘A Beautiful Mind’ starring Russell Crowe, died in a car crash today. He did maths or something. He was married and his wife died too. Russell Crowe said nice things in a tweet.

It’s more important than that though. John Nash wasn’t famous because of the movie, the movie was made because he was famous!

Russell Crowe should be a footnote to your reports, he shouldn’t get higher billing than Alicia Nash with whom John Nash spent most of his adult life! Try this report instead:

Nobel prize winning mathematician John Nash, and his wife and co-campaigner for mental health issues and awareness,  Alicia Lopez-Harrison de Lardé, we’re both tragically killed in a road traffic accident today. Nash made huge advances in Game Theory, economics and theoretical mathematics despite suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia.

Nash was the subject of the biography ‘A Beautiful Mind’ which was later adapted into a movie starring Russell Crowe.

Tributes have been flooding in for John and Alicia. The world of mathematics has lost a giant.

Perhaps I’m just being a bit picky but John Nash was a hugely important figure in my mathematical world – his work on game theory is one of the things that kept my interest in mathematics alive when I decided to pursue philosophy.

Thanks for reading, now cooperate or defect, which is it to be?

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