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Goodbye John Nash: For the first time in Game Theory one man’s loss is everyone else’s too

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

J.F. Nash is a name that’ll send a bell ringing in everyone’s mind if for no better reason than just because of the Oscar-winning Russell Crowe movie. Those who can associate with the name will realize the loss humanity has suffered.

John Nash and his wife Alicia Nash passed away in a fatal taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, on Saturday.

The demise of the renowned Mathematician will be a great blow to blackjack players, economists and writers banking on Nash’s ideas to explore the relation between God and game theory, to say the least.

Nash’s contribution to Game Theory, like the Nash Equilibrium, Nash Program and Bargaining problem helped bring the theory out of obscurity and into the application based world of economics.

Nash is the classic case of ‘disturbed’ genius. Born in  Bluefield, West Virginia, United States, he was awarded the George Westinghouse Scholarship, a full scholarship to the Carnegie Institute of Technology at the age of 16. In April, 1959, Nash was admitted to McLean Hospital, where he was subsequently diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

John Nash  won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994 because of his 27-page dissertation, “Non-Cooperative Games,” written in 1950 when he was 21.

John Nash’s life and works are reminiscent of  the common ground between Genius and madness and how people at that juncture place constantly face torture and deliverance at the same time.

 

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)