Sunday, May 24, 2015

In memory of John Nash

A great mind died today, a Newton of our time. His idea 'the Nash Equilibrium' offers explanation to likes of why we do not need deities to explain why we’re good (or not) to each other; why in the 69 (soon 70) years of nuclear weapons - all the many thousands of them - they’ve only been used twice in anger (that is amazing!); and even why Sweden didn’t get invaded during WWII, its global monopoly on the ball bearing was so important to both sides, any conflict on its soils would be a lose-lose outcome for both sides – a Nash Equilibrium, fight your battle some where else, not Sweden. There are many more, and I love spotting them.
It seems ironic he died in a car: one of the simplest examples of a Nash equilibrium is the explanation as to why we drive on one side of the road, and not both.

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