||John Nash, Jr., c. 1948
How can I obtain a copy of Nash’s dissertation?
Mr. Nash’s dissertation, Non-cooperative Games, is available on
this web site in PDF format. The dissertation is provided for research
use only. Researchers
must make a written request for permission to quote or publish manuscripts
to the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
Non-cooperative Games, dissertation,
John Nash, May 1950 (
Note: Chapter 6 ofThe Essential John Nash contains
a facsimile of Professor Nash's 1951 Ph.D. dissertation on non-cooperative
Edited by Harold W. Kuhn and Sylvia Nasar
(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University
In the movie A Beautiful Mind there is a scene in which faculty
members present their pens to John Nash. What is the origin of the pen
ceremony? When did it start?
The scene in the movie A Beautiful Mind in which mathematics professors
ritualistically present pens to Nash was completely fabricated in Hollywood.
No such custom exists. What it symbolizes is that Nash was accepted and
recognized in the mathematics community for his accomplishments, in the
same way that the old professor was recognized early in the movie when
Nash was a young man. While some movies are based on books, the film A
Beautiful Mind states that it was inspired by the life of John
Nash. There are many discrepancies between the book and the film.
May I see John Nash’s graduate school records?
Mr. Nash’s records, and those of other undergraduate and graduate students,
are restricted. Access to the academic records of living individuals is
protected under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act (FERPA) of 1974. Access to these files and to the files of deceased
graduates and former students is also regulated by University policy.
For more information see the Princeton
University Policy on Access to Archived Student Academic Files.
May I have a copy of Mr. Nash’s 1994 Nobel Prize acceptance speech?
At the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, His Majesty the King of Sweden hands
each Laureate a diploma, a medal, and a document confirming the Prize
amount. The Laureates do not give acceptance speeches. The scene in the
movie A Beautiful Mind in which Nash thanks his wife Alicia for
her continued support during his illness is fictional.
Laureates are each invited to give an hour-long lecture; however, the
Nobel committee did not ask John Nash to do so, due to concerns over his
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