John Nash’s Recommendation Letter for Princeton University

John Nash was a great mathematician who won the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics. After his death, Princeton University digitized his academic file and released it to the public. The most interesting document was John Nash’s recommendation letter for Princeton University. The letter is written by his advisor Richard Duffin at the Carnegie Institute of Technology to the math professor at Princeton, Solomon Lefschetz. And he just wrote this: “Mr. Nash is nineteen years old and is graduating from Carnegie Tech in June. He is a mathematical genius.” There is a beautiful movie about his life, A Beautiful Mind, and you should watch it.

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