John Nash, who died in a car crash in May 2015, was a mathematician famed for both his work and his troubled life. He received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his work on game theory that has had wide influence in evolutionary biology, and the Abel Prize for his work on algebraic geometry and partial differential equations that brought him recognition from mathematicians. Here, we bring you research and comment related to Nash’s life and work from the archives of Nature Publishing Group.
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When playing this simple game, people consistently reject the rational choice. In fact, by acting illogically, they end up reaping a larger reward—an outcome that demands a new kind of formal reasoning.