The Many Facts Pointing to John Nash Being Satoshi Nakamoto


Six years ago, a number of theories spread across the internet that claimed the famed American economist and mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. was Satoshi Nakamoto. There’s a bunch of circumstantial evidence that has invoked some research into the possibility that Nash could have been Bitcoin’s creator. The following editorial is the ninth installment of’s “the many facts” series, with a comprehensive look at some of the evidence that is tied to John Nash and Bitcoin’s mysterious creator.

During the last decade, there’s been a wide variety of individuals that people suspect could be Bitcoin’s inventor. In 2014 and 2015, a number of armchair sleuths published research posts that claimed the well known economist and mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. created blockchain technology.

Nash is quite popular for numerous reasons especially his contributions to economics, mathematics, and complex systems found in game theory. The mathematical genius is also well known because of the award-winning movie “A Beautiful Mind,” which was a biographical interpretation of his life.

Six years ago, a few bitcoiners and armchair sleuths tried to tie John Forbes Nash Jr. to Satoshi Nakamoto and the creation of Bitcoin.

Nash was also a Nobel prize winner for his work in economic sciences and he earned his Ph.D. by leveraging a 28-page dissertation on non-cooperative games. Over six years ago, Nash was considered a prime suspect in the Satoshi Nakamoto mystery and a number of bitcoiners have tried to tether the two individuals.

Some people suspect that Nash possibly helped with the project and assume Bitcoin may have been created by a group of geniuses. For instance, back in mid-June 2015, the author Travis Patron wrote an editorial called “Did Mathematician John Nash Help Invent Bitcoin?” which proposes the question.

Patron’s theory, like many others during that time, talks about a paper Nash wrote called the “Ideal Money” which Nash published on various occasions between 1994 through 2008.

“Nash described this ideal of money as something which could provide a global savings outlet for people who would otherwise be subject to ‘bad money’, or money expected to lose value over time under conditions of inflation among other things,” Patron wrote.

In 1994 and for close to a decade John Forbes Nash Jr. was infatuated with the “Ideal Money” paper he had written and a number of people believe there are similarities between Bitcoin and Nash’s ideal money concept.

The Nobel Laureate’s paper about ideal money made a number of mainstream headlines in the press after he published the work. One headline, in particular, dubbed “Nobel Economist Says More Stable Currency Needed,” was published on Fordham University’s website a month and a half before Satoshi published the Bitcoin white paper on Halloween 2008.

Patron’s research describes two more papers that align with the Bitcoin…

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