Reading about the recent death of John F. Nash and his wife Alicia led to numerous revelations for me. Yes, I saw "A Beautiful Mind." I spent the following days of discussion with my spouse attempting to explain to her what we saw. Blind leading the blind? Perhaps.
John Nash who would want to be remembered as a mathematician will in all likelihood be as much if not more remembered as an economist. It was in the field of economics in which he won the Nobel Prize. Economists in large measure believe Nash's contributions to the field are at the minimum as important as were those of Adam Smith.
Everyone who has read the book A Beautiful Mind or who saw the cinematic production knows that Nash was brilliant almost beyond the comprehension of most people and moreover they know that he was a life-long sufferer of schizophrenia. I shall make no attempt to detail his battle It is to be noted that he and his wife left behind a son John, Jr. who holds a Ph.D. in his own right and who also suffers from schizophrenia. It was one of his mother's major worries: What will become of Johnny when we are gone?
But one of the more sobering statistics I garnered in my reading was this. Twenty-five percent of all Americans suffer from some form of mental illness.
The next time you are in a room with three other people look around.
In addition to John, Jr., Dr. Nash is also survived by another son, John Stier.
John Forbes Nash, Jr. 1928 - 2015
Alicia Lopez-Harrison Nash 1933 -2015