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## Nash, John (1928-2015)

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Noted mathematician John Nash, Jr. (1928-2015) received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1950. The impact of his 27 page dissertation on the fields of mathematics and economics was tremendous. In 1951 he joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. His battle with schizophrenia began around 1958, and the struggle with this illness would continue for much of his life. Nash eventually returned to the community of Princeton. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. The 2001 film A Beautiful Mind , staring Russell Crowe, was loosely based on the life of Nash.

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Non-cooperative Games, May 1950, is available in PDF format Non-Cooperative_Games_Nash.pdf . The dissertation is provided for research use only.

[Note: Chapter 6 of The Essential John Nash, edited by Harold W. Kuhn and Sylvia Nasar (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2001) contains a facsimile of Nash's 1950 Ph.D. dissertation on non-cooperative games.]

In the movie A Beautiful Mind there is a scene in which faculty members present their pens to Nash. What is the origin of the pen ceremony? When did it start?

The scene in the movie, A Beautiful Mind, in which mathematics professors ritualistically present pens to Nash was completely fabricated in Hollywood. No such custom exists. What it symbolizes is that Nash was accepted and recognized in the mathematics community for his accomplishments. While some movies are based on books, the film A Beautiful Mind states that it was inspired by the life of John Nash. There are many discrepancies between the book and the film.

May I see Nash’s graduate school records?

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Personnel files transferred to the archives after 2003 : Files are closed until 100 years after the person's year of birth or 5 years after the person's year of death, whichever is longer. Therefore, John F. Nash's personell files are closed until, June 13, 2028.

May I have a copy of Nash’s 1994 Nobel Prize acceptance speech?

At the Nobel Prize Award ceremony, His Majesty the King of Sweden hands each Laureate a diploma, a medal, and a document confirming the Prize amount. The Laureates do not give acceptance speeches . The scene in the movie A Beautiful Mind in which Nash thanks his wife Alicia for her continued support during his illness is fictional.

Laureates are each invited to give an hour-long lecture; however, the Nobel committee did not ask Nash to do so, due to concerns over his mental health.

Additional Resources

Princetoniana Committee Oral History Project Records , Interview with Harold Kuhn, Part 1, pp. 31-40. In this part of the interview, Prof. Kuhn discusses his behind the scenes work for John Nash’s Nobel Prize.

Historical Subject Files Collection, 1746-2005 : A Beautiful Mind.

Article: John Nash automobile accident May 23, 2015, in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

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## John Nash: The Genius Who Shaped Game Theory and Economics

- Publication date January 18, 2024

John Nash’s profound impact on economics and mathematics is a story of intellectual brilliance, personal struggle, and enduring legacy. His journey from a precocious student to a Nobel laureate illuminates the intersection of pure mathematics and economic theory.

Early Life and Education

Born in 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia, Nash showed early signs of extraordinary intellectual ability. His parents, recognizing his talent, nurtured his academic interests. Nash’s advanced understanding of mathematics led him to take college-level courses while still in high school.

Academic Prodigy at Carnegie and Princeton

Nash’s academic prowess continued to flourish at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he completed both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics by the age of 19. His remarkable abilities were encapsulated in the succinct recommendation from his adviser, attesting to his “mathematical genius.”

Groundbreaking Work at Princeton

Nash’s time at Princeton University was pivotal. His doctoral dissertation, “Non-Cooperative Games,” was a mere 28 pages but laid the groundwork for modern game theory. The Nash equilibrium, a concept introduced in this work, transformed the understanding of decision-making processes in economics, where multiple actors with conflicting interests are involved.

Professional Life and Mental Health Struggles

Nash’s professional tenure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his work as a codebreaker for the U.S. government were marked by his developing symptoms of mental illness. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Nash’s life took a turn as he faced immense personal challenges. Despite these struggles, his intellectual contributions continued, and he resumed his academic career at Princeton.

Nobel Prize and Recognition

In 1994, Nash’s groundbreaking work was recognized with the Nobel Prize in Economics. This accolade brought his contributions to a wider audience, bridging the gap between abstract mathematical theories and practical economic applications.

Cultural Impact and “A Beautiful Mind”

Nash’s life story, marked by both triumph and adversity, was vividly captured in Sylvia Nasar’s biography “A Beautiful Mind” and the subsequent Academy Award-winning film. These works brought Nash’s story and the complexity of his theories to a global audience, making Nash a household name.

A Tragic End and Enduring Legacy

John Nash’s life tragically ended in a taxi crash in 2015, soon after receiving the Abel Prize, one of the highest honors in mathematics. His death marked the loss of one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.

Nash’s work continues to influence a wide range of fields, from economics and mathematics to biology and political science. His legacy lives on through the Nash equilibrium, a concept that has become a fundamental tool in understanding complex systems where strategic interactions occur. John Nash remains a symbol of how intellectual prowess can overcome personal challenges and contribute to the broader understanding of our world.

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Last week John Nash , the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, and subject of the blockbuster film A Beautiful Mind , passed away at the age of 86. He died in a taxi cab accident in New Jersey.

Days later, Cliff Pickover highlighted a curious factoid: When Nash wrote his Ph.D. thesis in 1950, “Non Cooperative Games” at Princeton University, the dissertation (you can read it online here) was brief. It ran only 26 pages. And more particularly, it was light on citations. Nash’s diss cited two texts: One was written by John von Neumann & Oskar Morgenstern, whose book, Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (1944), essentially created game theory and revolutionized the field of economics; the other cited text, “Equilibrium Points in n‑Person Games,” was an article written by Nash himself. And it laid the foundation for his dissertation, another seminal work in the development of game theory, for which Nash won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994 .

The reward of inventing a new field, I guess, is having a slim bibliography.

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This was shocking to know about the demise of John Nash. I had a chance to view the film “a beautiful mind” with a close friend, Steve Landfried in Wisconsin-Chicago where John Nash was a subject of this film. I am glad that Steve made this choice for me since I could see and feel all, that this magnificient scientist had gone through.This is still my favorite film because of its subject

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## John F. Nash

J ohn Nash, john harsanyi , and reinhard selten shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics “for their pioneering analysis of equilibria in the theory of non-cooperative games.” In other words, Nash received the Nobel prize for his work in game theory .

Except for one course in economics that he took at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon) as an undergraduate in the late 1940s, Nash has no formal training in economics. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University in 1950. The Nobel Prize he received forty-four years later was mainly for the contributions he made to game theory in his 1950 Ph.D. dissertation.

In this work, Nash introduced the distinction between cooperative and noncooperative games. In cooperative games, players can make enforceable agreements with other players. In noncooperative games, enforceable agreements are impossible; any cooperation that occurs is self-enforced. That is, for cooperation to occur, it must be in each player’s interest to cooperate.

Nash’s major contribution is the concept of equilibrium for noncooperative games, which later came to be called a Nash equilibrium. A Nash equilibrium is a situation in which no player, taking the other players’ strategies as given, can improve his position by choosing an alternative strategy. Nash proved that, for a very broad class of games of any number of players, at least one equilibrium exists as long as mixed strategies are allowed. A mixed strategy is one in which the player does not take one action with certainty but, instead, has a range of actions he might take, each with a positive probability.

A simple example of a Nash equilibrium is the prisoners’ dilemma . Another example is the location problem. Imagine that Budweiser and Miller are trying to decide where to place their beer stands on a beach that is perfectly straight. Assume also that sunbathers are located an equal distance from each other and that they want to minimize the distance they walk to get a beer. Where, then, should Bud locate if Miller has not yet chosen its location? If Bud locates one-quarter of the way along the beach, then Miller can locate next to Bud and have three-quarters of the market. Bud knows this and thus concludes that the best location is right in the middle of the beach. Miller locates just slightly to one side or the other. Neither Bud nor Miller can improve its position by choosing an alternate location. This is a Nash equilibrium.

Nash’s other major contribution is his reasoning about “the bargaining problem.” Before Nash, economists thought that the share of the gains each of two parties to a bargain received was always indeterminate. But Nash got further by asking a different question. Instead of defining a solution directly, Nash asked what conditions the division of gains would have to satisfy. He suggested four conditions and showed mathematically that if these conditions held, a unique solution existed that maximized the product of the participants’ utilities. The bottom line is that how gains are divided depends on how much the deal is worth to each participant and what alternatives each participant has.

As readers of Sylvia Nasar’s biography of Nash, A Beautiful Mind, know, Nash contended with schizophrenia from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. As Nash put it in his Nobel autobiography, “I later spent time of the order of five to eight months in hospitals in New Jersey, always on an involuntary basis and always attempting a legal argument for release.” His productivity suffered accordingly. But he emerged from his mental illness in the late 1980s. In his Nobel lecture, Nash noted his own progress out of mental illness:

Then gradually I began to intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking which had been characteristic of my orientation. This began, most recognizably, with the rejection of politically-oriented thinking as essentially a hopeless waste of intellectual effort. 1

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David R. Henderson is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics . He is also an emeritus professor of economics with the Naval Postgraduate School and a research fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at UCLA.

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## Year 91 – 1951: “Non-cooperative Games” by John Nash, in: Annals of Mathematics 54 (2)

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Over the past 60 years, game theory has been one of the most influential theories in the social sciences, pervasive in economics, political science, business administration, and military strategy – the disciplines most consulted by the powers-that-be for “real-world,” high-stakes decisions. But just as there would be no semiconductors or (God forbid) laser pointers if not for the abstruse mathematics of quantum theory, game theory can be traced back to theoretical work by academic mathematicians. In a set of papers in the 1950s, mathematician John Forbes Nash set forth breakthrough ideas that helped transform game theory from an ivory tower abstraction into an indispensable analytical tool used by strategists from Wall Street to the Pentagon.

The foundational game theory work of mathematician John von Neumann and economist Oskar Morgenstern, published in 1944, provided a framework for solutions to zero-sum games, where one player’s win was the other’s loss. Nash, in his dissertation research at Princeton (published in this and three other papers), extended game theory to n -person games in which more than one party can gain, a better reflection of practical situations. Nash demonstrated that “a finite non-cooperative game always has at least one equilibrium point” or stable solution. This result came to be called the “Nash equilibrium,” a situation where no one player can get a better payoff by changing strategies, so long as other players also keep their strategies. Using Nash’s framework, predictions can be made about the outcomes of strategic interactions.

Based on Nash’s advances, game theory developed into one of the pre-eminent tools of economics in the second half of the 20th century. In recognition of his breakthrough work, Nash was joint recipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 for “pioneering analysis of equilibria in the theory of non-cooperative games.”

If visions of Russell Crowe have danced in your head while you’ve been reading this post, that’s probably because you remember that Crowe played John Forbes Nash in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind (at least we hope that’s why). Part of the movie takes place at MIT, portraying Nash’s years as an instructor in mathematics at the Institute, where he worked from 1951 to 1959, until mental illness curtailed his mathematical career.

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In this set of notes I follow Nash’s four groundbreaking works on real algebraic manifolds, on isometric embeddings of Riemannian manifolds and on the continuity of solutions to parabolic equations. My aim has been to stay as close as possible to Nash’s original arguments, but at the same time present them with a more modern language and notation. Occasionally I have also provided detailed proofs of the points that Nash leaves to the reader.

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In a short autobiographical note, cf. [ 80 , Ch. 2], Nash states that he made his important discovery while completing his PhD at Princeton. In his own words “…I was fortunate enough, besides developing the idea which led to “NonCooperative Games”, also to make a nice discovery relating manifolds and real algebraic varieties. So, I was prepared actually for the possibility that the game theory work would not be regarded as acceptable as a thesis in the mathematics department and then that I could realize the objective of a Ph.D. thesis with the other results.”

Here we are using the nontrivial fact that in a connected real analytic manifold any pair of points can be joined by a real analytic arc. One simple argument goes as follows: use first Whitney’s theorem to assume, without loss of generality, that Σ is a real analytic submanifold of \(\mathbb R^N\) . Fix two points p and q and use the existence of a real analytic projection in a neighborhood of Σ to reduce our claim to the existence of a real analytic arc connecting any two points inside a connected open subset of the Euclidean space. Finally use the Weierstrass polynomial approximation theorem to show the latter claim.

The projection of an algebraic subvariety is not always an algebraic subvariety: here as well we are taking advantage of the genericity of the projection.

Many thanks to Riccardo Ghiloni for suggesting this argument, which follows closely the proof of [ 55 , Lem. 3.2].

Observe that in this context the closure in the Euclidean topology coincides with the Zariski closure.

Closed manifolds can be C 1 isometrically immersed in lower dimension: already at the time of Nash’s paper this could be shown in \(\mathbb R^{2n-1}\) (for n > 1!) using Whitney’s immersion theorem. Nowadays we can use Cohen’s solution of the immersion conjecture to lower the dimension to n − a ( n ), where a ( n ) is the number of 1’s in the binary expansion of n , cf. [ 17 ].

This is what Nash calls “a stage”, cf. [ 73 , p. 391].

Although the term is nowadays rather common, it was not introduced by Nash, neither in [ 73 ] nor in the subsequent paper [ 75 ].

In his paper Nash claims indeed a much larger K ( n ), cf. [ 73 , bottom of p. 386].

The argument of Nash is slightly different, since it covers the space of positive definite matrices with appropriate simplices.

Nash cites Steenrod’s classical book, [ 94 ].

Nash writes Also they could be obtained by orthogonal propagation , cf. [ 73 , top of p. 387].

The term free was not coined by Nash, but introduced later in the literature by Gromov.

It must be observed that Nash employs this fact without explicitly stating it and he does not prove it neither he gives a reference. He uses it twice, once in the proof of Theorem 29 and once in the proof of Proposition 35 , and although in the first case one could appeal to a more elementary argument, I could not see an easier way in the second.

Indeed Nash does not give any argument and just refers to a similar reasoning that he uses in Proposition 35 below.

Nash suggests an alternative argument which avoids the discussion of the dimensions of \(\mathcal {C} (p, L)\) and \(\mathcal {B}\) . One can apply his result on real algebraic varieties to find an embedding v which realizes v ( Σ ) as a real algebraic submanifold, cf. Theorem 1 . Then any set of coefficients \(A^r_{ij}\) which is algebraically independent over the minimal field \(\mathbb F\) of definition of v ( Σ ) (see Proposition 12 ) belongs to the complement of \(\mathcal {B}\) . Since \(\mathbb F\) is finitely generated over the rationals (see Proposition 12 ), it has countable cardinality and the conclusion follows easily.

In Nash’s paper the operator is called S θ , where θ corresponds to ε −1 . Since it is nowadays rather unusual to parametrize a family of convolutions as Nash does, I have switched to a more modern convention.

Nash does not take advantage of this simple remark and introduces instead a rather unusual notation to keep track of all the estimates for the intermediate norms in the bounds corresponding to ( 59 ), ( 60 ) and ( 61 ).

In fact, De Giorgi’s statement is stronger, since in his theorem ∥ v ∥ ∞ in ( 125 ) is replaced by the L 2 norm of v (note that the power of r should be suitably adjusted: the reader can easily guess the correct exponent using the invariance of the statement under the transformation u r ( x ) = u ( rx )).

Indeed, it was known that the first partial derivatives of the minimizer satisfy a uniformly elliptic partial differential equation with measurable coefficients. De Giorgi’s stronger version of Theorem 50 would then directly imply the desired Hölder estimate. Nash’s version was also sufficient, because a theorem of Stampacchia guaranteed the local boundedness of the first partial derivatives, cf. [ 93 ].

Nash does not provide any argument nor reference, he only briefly mentions that Theorem 48 follows from Theorem 51 using a regularization scheme and the maximum principle. Note that a derivation of the latter under the weak regularity assumptions of Theorem 48 is, however, not entirely trivial: in Sect. 5.8 we give an alternative argument based on a suitable energy estimate.

In order to simplify the notation we omit the domain of integration when it is the entire space.

The first two equations are the first two equations from [ 77 , p. 487, (1)] whereas the third should correspond to [ 77 , p. 488, (1c)]. The latter is derived by Nash from the third equation in [ 77 , p. 487, (1)], which in turn corresponds to the classical conservation law for the entropy, see, for instance, [ 61 , (49.5)]. The third equation of [ 77 , p. 487, (1)] contains two typos, which disappear in [ 77 , p. 488, (1c)]. The latter however contains another error: Nash has η and ζ in place of \(\frac {\eta }{\rho T S_T}\) and \(\frac {\zeta }{\rho T S_T}\) , but it is easy to see that this would not be consistent with the way he describes its derivation.

Nash’s error has no real consequence for the rest of the note, since he treats the coefficients in front of \(\mathcal {S} (v)_{ij} \mathcal {S} (v)_{ij}\) and (div v ) 2 as arbitrary real analytic functions of ρ and T and the same holds for \(\frac {\eta }{\rho T S_T}\) and \(\frac {\zeta }{\rho T S_T}\) under the assumption S T ≠ 0. The latter inequality is needed in any case even to treat Nash’s “wrong” equation for T .

Indeed Nash does not mention the positivity of S T , although this is certainly required by his argument when he reduces the existence of solutions of ( 240 ) to the existence of a solutions of a suitable parabolic system, cf. [ 77 , (6) and (7)]: the equation in T is parabolic if and only if \(\frac {\varkappa }{\rho T S_T}\) is positive.

I also have the impression that his argument does not really need the positivity of S and p , although these are quite natural assumptions from the thermodynamical point of view.

In the modern literature it is customary to take an equivalent definition of X through formal power series; we refer to [ 58 ] for the latter and for several important subtleties related to variants of the Nash arc space.

In fact, Nash claims the proposition with any algebraic subset W of V in place of V s but, although the proposition does hold for W = V s , it turns out to be false for a general algebraic subset W ; cf. [ 21 , Ex. 3.7] for a simple explicit counterexample.

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I am very grateful to Helge and Ragni for entrusting to me this portion of the Nash volume, a wonderful occasion to deepen my understanding of the mathematics of a true genius, who has had a tremendous influence in my own work.

Most of the manuscript has been written while I was visiting the CMSA at Harvard and I wish to thank Shing-Tung Yau and the staff at CMSA for giving me the opportunity to carry on my work in such a stimulating environment.

Several friends and colleagues have offered me kind and invaluable help with various portions of this note. In particular I wish to thank Davide Vittone for giving me several precious suggestions with the Sects. 3 and 4 and reading very carefully all the manuscript; Gabriele Di Cerbo, Riccardo Ghiloni and János Kollár for clarifying several important points concerning Sect. 2 and pointing out a few embarassing mistakes; Tommaso de Fernex and János Kollar for kindly reviewing a first rather approximate version of Sect. 6.4 ; Eduard Feireisl for his suggestions on Sect. 6.3 ; Cedric Villani for allowing me to steal a couple of paragraphs from his beautiful review of [ 76 ] in the Nash memorial article [ 26 ]; Francois Costantino for helping me with a delicate topological issue; Jonas Hirsch and Govind Menon for proofreading several portions of the manuscript; Helge Holden for going through all the manuscript with extreme care.

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NON-COOPERATIVE GAMES. John F. Nash. Published in Classics in Game Theory 1 September 1951. Mathematics. Classics in Game Theory. we would call cooperative. This theory is based on an analysis of the interrelationships of the various coalitions which can be formed by the players of the game. Our theory, in contradistinction, is based on the ...

Nash's contributions Noncooperative Games, Ph.D. Dissertation Princeton, 1950, and Annals of Mathematics 1951 (announced in PNAS 1950). Introduced the distinction between noncooperative and cooperative game theory. Definedequilibrium point (now called "Nash equilibrium"), the sine qua non for analysis of individual optimizing

John Forbes Nash, Jr. (June 13, 1928 - May 23, 2015), known and published as John Nash, was an American mathematician who made fundamental contributions to game theory, real algebraic geometry, ... Nash earned a PhD in 1950 with a 28-page dissertation on non-cooperative games. ...

John Nash's profound impact on economics and mathematics is a story of intellectual brilliance, personal struggle, and enduring legacy. ... His doctoral dissertation, "Non-Cooperative Games," was a mere 28 pages but laid the groundwork for modern game theory. The Nash equilibrium, a concept introduced in this work, transformed the ...

Joun NASH. (Received October 11, 1950) Introduction. Von Neumann and Morgenstern have developed a very fruitful theory of two-person zero-sum games in their book Theory of Games and Economic Be- havior. This book also contains a theory of n-person games of a type which we would call cooperative. This theory is based on an analysis of the ...

John Nash was a real person who lives on Alexander Road in Princeton Junction." Some months later, an acquaintance told me that a woman friend of hers ... His dissertation on game theory was the basis for the Nobel Award in Economics in 1994. A Princeton professor, John von Neumann, an immigrant

JOHN NASH (Received October 11, 1950) Introduction Von Neumann and Morgenstern have developed a very fruitful theory of two-person zero-sum games in their book Theory of Games and Economic Be-havior. This book also contains a theory of n-person games of a type which we would call cooperative. This theory is based on an analysis of the interrela-

John Nash's work laid the foundations for evolutionary game theory as well as the theory of games with rational agents. The Nash bargaining solution emerges as a natural solution concept in both of these settings. ... His doctoral dissertation takes up less than thirty pages; his demonstration of the existence of Nash equilibrium is ...

Last week John Nash , the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, and subject of the blockbuster film A Beautiful Mind, passed away at the age of 86. He died in a taxi cab accident in New Jersey. Days later, Cliff Pickover highlighted a curious factoid: When Nash wrote his Ph.D. thesis in 1950, "Non Coopera ...

John F. Nash 1928-2015. SHARE POST: ... Prize he received forty-four years later was mainly for the contributions he made to game theory in his 1950 Ph.D. dissertation. In this work, Nash introduced the distinction between cooperative and noncooperative games. In cooperative games, players can make enforceable agreements with other players.

Nash, in his dissertation research at Princeton (published in this and three other papers), extended game theory to n-person games in which more than one party can gain, a better reflection of practical situations. Nash demonstrated that "a finite non-cooperative game always has at least one equilibrium point" or stable solution.

http://www.jstor.org Non-Cooperative Games Author(s): John Nash Source: The Annals of Mathematics, Second Series, Vol. 54, No. 2, (Sep., 1951), pp. 286-295

Abstract. John F. Nash, Jr., submitted his Ph.D. Dissertation entitled Non-cooperative games to Princeton University in 1950. Read it 58 years later, and you will find the germs of various later developments in game theory. Some of these are presented below, followed by a discussion concerning dynamic aspects of equilibrium.

Project Details. In this page you can find Nash's PhD thesis: Original document. Transcribed into tex/pdf *. *: Thanks to Rebeca Duarte Miguel for this, and to Jeek Midford for spotting some spelling mistakes.

In 1966 Nash turned again one last time to the isometric embedding problem, addressing the real analytic case. More precisely, his aim was to prove that, if in Theorem 29 we assume that the metric g is real analytic, then there is a real analytic isometric embedding of ( Σ, g) in a sufficiently large Euclidean space.

John Nash (born June 13, 1928, Bluefield, West Virginia, U.S.—died May 23, 2015, near Monroe Township, New Jersey) was an American mathematician who was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize for Economics for his landmark work, first begun in the 1950s, on the mathematics of game theory.He shared the prize with John C. Harsanyi and Reinhard Selten.In 2015, Nash won (with Louis Nirenberg) the Abel ...

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