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

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

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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