In this must-have for anyone who wants to better understand their love life, a mathematician pulls back the curtain and reveals the hidden patterns—from dating sites to divorce, sex to marriage—behind the rituals of love. .
The roller coaster of romance is hard to quantify; defining how lovers might feel from a set of simple equations is impossible. But that doesn’t mean that mathematics isn’t a crucial tool for understanding love. .
Love, like most things in life, is full of patterns. And mathematics is ultimately the study of patterns—from predicting the weather to the fluctuations of the stock market, the movement of planets or the growth of cities. These patterns twist and turn and warp and evolve just as the rituals of love do. .
In The Mathematics of Love, Dr. Hannah Fry takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the patterns that define our love lives, applying mathematical formulas to the most common yet complex questions pertaining to love: What’s the chance of finding love? What’s the probability that it will last? How do online dating algorithms work, exactly? Can game theory help us decide who to approach in a bar? At what point in your dating life should you settle down?
From evaluating the best strategies for online dating to defining the nebulous concept of beauty, Dr. Fry proves—with great insight, wit, and fun—that math is a surprisingly useful tool to negotiate the complicated, often baffling, sometimes infuriating, always interesting, mysteries of love.
©2015 Dr. Hannah Fry (P)2015 Simon and Schuster
Never had the printed version
As she is the writer, her enthusiasm regarding this wonderful subject shines through her voice. I found it wonderful.
Since I am long past the optimal stopping rule for my search of love, that part is not applicable to me (although very interesting). The low negativity threshold seems like practical advice that I will remember. But aside of that, even the seemingly non-practical parts were all intriguing.
Seriously recommend the book to anyone with an inclination to mathematical modeling (no previous background is needed though), and anyone interested in the scientific aspects of love.
I had bought this book some time ago but couldn't get to the end: I expected more complexity and mathematical rigor than the book could provide. However, the audiobook is quite a different story: the narration does a good job in keeping the tone light and the book entertaining. All things considered, I would recommend the audiobook to a friend.
Hannah's gentle humor and nice voice made this book a real pleasure to listen to while getting some quite interesting outlooks on the mathematical way of thinking over certain real life problems.
This is an expanded TED book based on Fry's original TED talk. Fry looks at the mathematics behind everything from meeting people in bars to the algorithms dating sites use to what age to settle down to wedding planning, predicting divorce, and why maintaining a long-term relationship is actually the same mathematically as the Prisoner's Dilemma (and why the same game strategies work). Short but interesting.
Ms. Fry has a beautiful voice in my opinion and she reads her book very well. The book is very good. One problem with specifically the audible version are the mathematical equations and the like. I can imagine they'd be easy enough to understand when written out but it takes a good deal of concentration to decipher them audibly. Overall a great listen though I wish there was more.
Great food for though. This book doesn't directly give you the answers on how to find love or be a better lover, but does explain the common patterns found in everyday life, dating, love, marriage, and sex. Very quick read.
"Maths you fall in love with"
A lovely book, that makes you ponder some things in life. Hannah's voice and passion for maths makes this an easy listen.
I hope she pens more books in the future
"Interesting, fun but ..."
I really like the premise of this book. Loved the tongue in cheek presentation style of the author. From the introduction and title I had hoped for more insights based on real statistical analysis. Much of the book is founded on hidden opinions and assumptions or when they are specified (I.e. London has more attractive single women than men?) they are suspect to say the least. The Internet dating graph to me clearly shows a strong correlation between attractiveness and number of messages. This is played down and the idea that some people are messaging people on the basis that they feel more likely to get a reply is pure speculation. What would make this book useful would be proper scientific research by psychologist and statisticians so we could have both patterns and reasons. This is far to much of find a pattern or theory and then make up a story around it that may fit. With a proper scientific approach this could become a great area of research. Recommended, but more for fun rather than useful revelations.
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