Recommendation letter for John Nash is the best we've ever seen

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Recommendation Letter For John Nash Is The Best We've Ever Seen

When it comes to recommendation letters, John Nash comes out on top.
The mathematician and Nobel Prize winner and his wife died in a tragic car accident last month and as a tribute, Princeton University published the original recommendations written for Nash when he applied to the prestigious school.

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401364 01: John Forbes Nash, Jr., the schizophrenic mathematician who won a Nobel Prize for economics and whose life story was made into the Academy Award-nominated film 'A Beautiful Mind' is shown February 20, 2002 from a 1994 photo in Princeton, NJ. (Photo by Robert P. Matthews/Princeton University/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 1997 file photo, John Forbes Nash, 1994 Economics Nobel Prize winner, takes a break during the European School of Economics conference in Rome. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday, May 23, 2015, police said. (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri, File)
FILE - In this March 24, 2002 file photo, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia, arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards, in Los Angeles. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday, May 23, 2015, police said. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)
John Forbes Nash, winner of the Nobel prize in economic sciences, receives a honorary doctor of science award during the Honorary Awards Ceremony in City University of Hong Kong Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. John Forbes Nash, an American mathematician, developed the game theory and established the foundation of modern economics, according to the school. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
John Forbes Nash, winner of the Nobel prize in economic sciences, receives a honorary doctor of science award during the Honorary Awards Ceremony in City University of Hong Kong Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. John Forbes Nash, an American mathematician, developed the game theory and established the foundation of modern economics, according to the school. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Some were lengthy and full of glowing references to his work and character, but there's one letter that spans just three sentences long and speaks to his beautiful mind better than any other.

It reads: "This is to recommend Mr. John F. Nash, Jr. who has applied for entrance to the graduate college at Princeton. Mr. Nash is nineteen years old and is graduating from Carnegie Tech in June. He is a mathematical genius."

Short, sweet and straight to the point. The letter, which is dated Feb. 11, 1948, was written by another mathematician Richard J. Duffin who was one of Nash's professors.

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