A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

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Sylvia Nasar

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Wiener is “the most attractive figure at MIT” for John Nash, a polymath known as the “father of cybernetics” (“the scientific study of control and communication in the animal and the machine”). Wiener, like Nash, is famously eccentric and suffers from a mental illness; as a result, he has “an acute empathy for other people’s trials,” including Nash’s, and serves as a mentor to Nash, who views him as a “kindred spirit.”
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Chapter 16 – MIT
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...to improve the university’s research focus. The “most attractive” mathematician at MIT to Nash is Norbert Wiener , known as the “father of cybernetics”: like Nash, he is “famously eccentric” and suffers... (full context)