A Beautiful Mind – The Draft (Biography)
Biography of John Forbes Nash
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A Beautiful Mind is a biography of a mathematician, John Forbes Nash written by Sylvia Nasar. I believed that everyone knows what is a biography. It defines as ‘a written account of another person’s life’ in dictionary.com. Indeed in this chapter of the book, it has full details of what was going on in Nash’s life. This particular chapter was written in the 1950-1951 when Nash was trying all he could to avoid draft (military service). A biography may contain very detailed description that account for series of events that make up a particular subject’s life, which includes personal experience that may be presented in a story. Unlike the resume that you would normally write to apply for jobs, only listed out the impersonal facts.
So how does a biography comply with science communication? Well let’s take an example of Albert Einstein, if it wasn’t for the people that had been writing story about him or biography I should say, no one will know this genius man in today’s generation because he lived back in the 1800s. This goes the same to Nash, I never know such person exist before reading this chapter of the book, though he is still alive today. I believed neither of us except for his family and people around him would know this particular chapter of his life happened if it wasn’t reading from this book. This chapter describes the following event of how he was protected by many people from being drafted. Who had been protecting him and what those people had been doing in order to save Nash from the draft. Details of such events are needed in writing biography.
Everyone’s story is worth telling however a lot of biographies are written on well-known people. Why? It might be the contributions that they have made or some other interesting facts that happened in their life that worth telling. However for many famous people, they only became famous after their deaths and only by then their work are being recognized.
Perhaps you might need to start writing your own autobiography or someone else biography simply for leaving a record of life in the history of humankind. Who knows, probably you might get famous one day when you achieve something that the world recognized and your story would be disclose by the future generation. Only time will reveal this.