• John Forbes Nash
  • Helge Holden
  • Ragni Piene
Part of the The Abel Prize book series (AP)


My beginning as a legally recognized individual occurred on June 13, 1928 in Bluefield, West Virginia, in the Bluefield Sanitarium, a hospital that no longer exists. Of course I can’t consciously remember anything from the first 2 or 3 years of my life after birth. (And, also, one suspects, psychologically, that the earliest memories have become “memories of memories” and are comparable to traditional folk tales passed on by tellers and listeners from generation to generation.) But facts are available when direct memory fails for many circumstances.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Forbes Nash
  • Helge Holden
    • 1
  • Ragni Piene
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesNTNU Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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