A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia NasarStories of famously eccentric Princetonians abound—such as that of chemist Hubert Alyea, the model for The Absent-Minded Professor, or Ralph Nader, said to have had his own key to the library as an undergraduate. Or the Phantom of Fine Hall, a figure many students had seen shuffling around the corridors of the math and physics building wearing purple sneakers and writing numerology treatises on the blackboards. The Phantom was John Nash, one of the most brilliant mathematicians of his generation, who had spiraled into schizophrenia in the 1950s. His most important work had been in game theory, which by the 1980s was underpinning a large part of economics. When the Nobel Prize committee began debating a prize for game theory, Nashs name inevitably came up—only to be dismissed, since the prize clearly could not go to a madman. But in 1994 Nash, in remission from schizophrenia, shared the Nobel Prize in economics for work done some 45 years previously.
Economist and journalist Sylvia Nasar has written a biography of Nash that looks at all sides of his life. She gives an intelligent, understandable exposition of his mathematical ideas and a picture of schizophrenia that is evocative but decidedly unromantic. Her story of the machinations behind Nashs Nobel is fascinating and one of very few such accounts available in print (the CIA could learn a thing or two from the Nobel committees).
'Three Cups of Tea' Author Denies '60 Minutes' Claims
Mortenson, the Central Asia Institute. The institute has built schools, mostly for girls, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The report has also revived a chronic concern in the publishing industry over the accuracy of nonfiction memoirs, which are typically only lightly fact-checked by publishers, if at all. The CBS News report questioned, in particular, a central anecdote of the book that was as dramatic as it was inspirational: in , Mr. After the villagers there nursed him back to health, he vowed to return and build a school. Mortenson had actually visited Korphe nearly one year after his K2 attempt. Mortenson said on Sunday that he did reach Korphe after his climb in , and that he visited again in
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AP — "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, who has spent four years weathering accusations that his best-selling book contained fabrications and that he mismanaged the charity he co-founded, will retire in January, Central Asia Institute officials said Thursday.
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Three Cups of Tea with Greg Mortenson
For four years, the book remained on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller's list. Three Cups of Tea describes Mortenson's transition from a registered nurse and mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and elevating education for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Following the beginnings of his humanitarian efforts, Mortenson co-founded the Central Asia Institute CAI , a non-profit group that, as of , reported overseeing the construction of over schools. The book's title was inspired by a saying Haji Ali shared with Mortenson: "The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family
His goal is to foster change, opening up often-denied paths to young girls by providing them education. I hope the allegations turn out to be false or exaggerated, as Mortenson has been one of those people that I held up as an authentic shining light in our time of overblown media personalities. But whatever happens with investigation, there are a couple of lessons we can all take away if we are trying to create behavior change in our own organizations. The reason for focusing on this number is that the CAI and Mortenson both place great weight on this metric — total number of schools, and number of schools built in each region. These statistics are mentioned in every interview and article.