Tucker is a Princeton mathematician who works on topology (the study of properties of geometric objects as they are preserved under certain deformations) and Lefschetz’s “right-hand man.” Tucker, who possesses a “rare willingness to defend unconventional ideas and individuals”—such as John Nash—serves as Nash’s thesis adviser and supports him throughout his career, helping to arrange replacement positions for Nash as his mental health begins to flag and he quits his academic posts.
Albert Tucker Character Timeline in A Beautiful Mind
The timeline below shows where the character Albert Tucker appears in A Beautiful Mind. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5 – Genius
...he doesn’t belong at the university at all, including Emil Artin. Though Lefschetz and Albert Tucker, Lefschetz’s right-hand man, defend Nash, his unpopularity with the faculty will become a problem later... (full context)
Chapter 6 – Games
Chapter 10 – Nash’s Rival Idea
Chapter 13 – Game Theory at RAND
Chapter 16 – MIT
...spirit.” Nash also becomes close with Norman Levinson, a prominent MIT professor who, like Al Tucker at Princeton, plays the role of “sounding board and father substitute” to the young mathematician.... (full context)