Manic maths

August 30, 1996

Delegates at the Tenth World Congress on Psychiatry in Madrid this week learned of the schizophrenia Nobel laureate John Nash of MIT suffered for 15 years. While denying a direct relationship between mathematics and madness, he says great mathematicians suffer from maniacal characteristics, delirium and symptoms of schizophrenia. Why then are maths lectures so boring?

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