Video: A Brilliant Madness

Mathematician John Nash said that, contrary to the popular belief that people necessarily “suffer” from mental illness, madness can be an escape, and in fact, an attractive one: in madness, a person becomes the most important person on earth. “Rational thought imposes a limit on one’s relationship to the cosmos,” Nash said.  He called his remissions “interludes of enforced rationality.” Nash stopped taking antipsychotics in 1970, yet made a full recovery and returned to mathematics. This film gives an accurate account of Nash’s life, not the Hollywood version (and not nearly as pretty) and includes comments from Nash himself.