Thursday, November 15
7 p.m., Jubilee Hall Auditorium
John Forbes Nash Jr.
Noted Mathematician and Nobel Laureate
John Forbes Nash Jr. received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1950. The impact of his 27-page dissertation in the fields of mathematics and economics was tremendous. Nash greatly expanded on existing game theory — first developed in the 1920s and 30s by Hungarian-American mathematician John von Neumann — by formulating non-cooperative game interactions between players who cannot form agreements and coalitions, whether in a poker game or a competitive business environment.
As a result of this extraordinary and pioneering work, Nash was awarded the Nobel Laureate Prize in Economics in 1994. Nash’s universal approach to predicting the strategies players would adopt under optimum circumstances “has become a standard tool in almost all areas of economic theory,” according to the Nobel citation. Over the years, Nash’s work has illuminated questions not only in economics, but in political science, psychology and biology as well.
Nationally renowned for the Nash equilibrium, the Nash embedding theorem, his work in algebraic geometry and partial differential equations, John Nash continues his work in advanced game theory, logic and “ideal money” even today.
The 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe, was loosely based on the life of John Nash.