RIP John Nash
The Princeton math genius whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind” died Saturday in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
John Forbes Nash Jr. was killed in the 4:30 p.m. crash, along with his wife of nearly 60 years, state police said Sunday.The crash happened in the southbound inner lanes of the highway.Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82.The couple were in a taxi that crashed with another vehicle.[...]The paper said the driver of the taxi, a Ford Crown Victoria, lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane and crashed into a guard rail.
The Nashes were ejected from the car, a state police spokesman told the Newark Star-Ledger.The person in the Chrysler was transported to a hospital and was expected to survive.
Known as brilliant and eccentric, Nash was associated with Princeton University for many years, most recently serving as a senior research mathematician. He won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 for his work in game theory, which offered insight into the dynamics of human rivalry. It is considered one of the most influential ideas of the 20th century.