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"I think you will really go places"
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"I think you will really go places"

JOHN FORBES NASH, JR., C.1940S

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"I think you will really go places"
John Forbes Nash, Jr., c.1940s
NASH, JR. John Forbes (1928-2015). Autograph manuscript signed on verso ("John Nash") [West Virginia, c.1943].

Three pages, 203 x 266m, pencil on lined paper with three holes punched (some light soiling and creasing, a couple short tears at margin). Provenance: John Forbes Nash, Jr.

A high school trigonometry paper replete with encouraging words from Nash's teacher, and retained by Nash for the rest of his life. Mr Durr has written to the young student: "I think you will really go places if you would only organize your work—otherwise your talent will be wasted. I wish I could remain your trig teach long enough to make you be more careful in doing your work—organizing, planning, and writing solutions on paper." On the verso he continues, "Remember: Your work is only useful insofar as it may be of use to other people. Therefore, learn to organize your work and put the solutions to your problems in a nice, neat, orderly manner on a clean uniform paper. Best of luck, John. Mr. Durr." Nash grew up in Bluefield, West Virginia, and as a high school student took mathematics at Bluefield College. He entered Carnegie Institute of Technology in June 1945 with the intent of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a chemical engineer—but within months he was dazzling mathematics professors and soon committed to a mathematics major.

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