A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind


Sylvia Nasar

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Albert Einstein Character Analysis

Arguably the most famous scientist of the 20th century, Einstein is a resident scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study while John Nash is a graduate student at Princeton (the Institute, while not affiliated with Princeton, is located near the university campus). Nasar draws numerous comparisons between Nash and Einstein, discussing their shared eccentricities and devotion to studying seemingly impossible problems. Nash and Einstein meet briefly while Nash is a graduate student; Nash shares an idea about “gravity, friction, and radiation” that he has been working on, and Einstein tells Nash that he “had better study some more physics.”

Albert Einstein Quotes in A Beautiful Mind

The A Beautiful Mind quotes below are all either spoken by Albert Einstein or refer to Albert Einstein . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of A Beautiful Mind published in 1998.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Nash was always on the lookout for problems. “He was very much aware of unsolved problems,” said Milnor. “He really cross-examined people on what were the important problems. It showed a tremendous amount of ambition.” In this search, as in so much else, Nash displayed an uncommon measure of self-confidence and self-importance. On one occasion, not long after his arrival at Princeton, he went to see Einstein and sketched some ideas he had for amending quantum theory.

Page Number: 69-70
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Albert Einstein Character Timeline in A Beautiful Mind

The timeline below shows where the character Albert Einstein appears in A Beautiful Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...also married and a father. But like other famous scientists and philosophers—Descartes, Wittgenstein, Kant, Newton, Einstein—he had a solitary, detached personality, the kind that is often attributed to genius. However, “men... (full context)
Chapter 3 – The Center of the Universe
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...but located close to its campus, also helped to attract leading European scholars, including Albert Einstein. This “brain drain” from Europe “electrified” the American scientific scene and coincided with World War... (full context)
Chapter 5 – Genius
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Nash often catches glimpses of Albert Einstein walking near the Princeton campus and wonders how he might be able to forge a... (full context)