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25. Comment #441559 by Enlightenme.. on December 13, 2009 at 4:12 am

someone gave me a copy of 'A Beautiful Mind' - very different from the film...
It was perhaps the first time I ever enjoyed both a book, and a movie based on the book, which were so different from one another. John Nash was a unique individual. Jennifer Connelly ain't so bad, either.

16. Comment #441546 by Bonzai on December 13, 2009 at 3:30 am
They tend to lead rather boring and uneventful lives (Galois was definitely a rare exception.)
This is a strange comment, and patently false, of course. Galois lived only 21 years on the planet, before getting killed in some kind of political (or personal) vendetta. Despite his extraordinary contributions, I'd have to say: not that interesting.

E.T. Bell's Men of Mathematics is a fascinating read. I would rank Archimedes WAY above Galois. Newton's and Gauss's lives, along with perhaps Abel's and Fermat's and Hamilton's, are also more interesting.

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