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RIP John Nash

John Forbes Nash, Junior. Photo by Peter Badge, from Wikipedia, CC-BY-SA licensed

John Nash, famous for his work in game theory and as the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, has died in a car crash, according to the BBC.

As well as winning the (in memory of but not actually a) Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994, Nash was recently awarded the Abel Prize for his work on nonlinear partial differential equations.

More information

‘Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash killed on the BBC.

Famed ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife killed in taxi crash, police say at nj.com.

John Nash’s unique approach produced huge leaps in economics and maths by Alex Bellos in the Guardian.

Alex Bellos’s short essay about the work which earned Nash and Nirenberg the 105 Abel Prize.

Equilibrium points in N-person games, the 1950 paper in which Nash introduced the concept of the Nash equilibrium.

The bargaining problem, Nash’s 1950 paper which introduced his solution to the classic economics problem.

The Nash-Kuiper embedding theorem was used recently to construct an amazing isometric embedding of the flat torus in Euclidean space.

Nash’s letter to the NSA (PDF) in which he described an encryption-decryption machine, anticipating more recent ideas of computational complexity.

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