A Beautiful Mind: Film and Discussion

John F. Nash, Jr., (left) recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics for his landmark work on the mathematics of game theory. Film actor Russell Crowe (right) who plays Nash in the film.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. Directed by Ron Howard and written by Akiva Goldsman, the film was inspired by a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-nominated 1998 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany and Christopher Plummer star in the film. Rating: PG-13.

The 135-minute film will be followed by a 30-minute discussion with:


Michael Marcangel Michael Marcangel is assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for the Department, leading the clinical clerkship and the pre-clinical course Human Behavior and Psychopathology.  Mhas completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at George Washington University and works with the solid organ transplant teams at University of Chicago Medicine.  In addition, he performs consultations on the academic consultation-liaison service in the University of Chicago Medicine hospitals.  His outpatient practice is split between medication management clinics with trainees and private psychotherapy patients.  His research has focused on multi-media forms of medical student education and advances in transplantation psychiatry. 

Roger B. MyersonRoger B. Myerson is the Glen A. Lloyd distinguished service professor of economics at the University of Chicago. Myerson has made seminal contributions to the fields of economics and political science. In game theory, he introduced refinements of Nash's equilibrium concept, and he developed techniques to characterize the effects of communication when individuals have different information. His analysis of incentive constraints in economic communication introduced some of the fundamental ideas in mechanism design theory, including the revelation principle and the revenue-equivalence theorem in auctions and bargaining. Myerson has also applied game-theoretic tools to political science, analyzing how political incentives can be affected by different electoral systems and constitutional structures. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in recognition of his contributions to mechanism design theory.


Robert RosenbergRobert Rosenberg is the Associate Vice President for Communication and Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Previously, he supported technology development and economic outreach in the office of the Vice President for Research. Bob came to the University in 1989 as director of industrial relations and technology at the University of Chicago Medical Center.




 Recommended reading: "Nash equilibrium and the history of economic theory" by Roger Myerson.


Proceeds from the event will go to the C2ST in support of their mission to enhance public understanding and appreciation of science and technology.