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The Mathematics of Love

Narrated by: Hannah Fry
Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (437 ratings)
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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

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Wonderful Audiobook

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mathematics of Love to be better than the print version?

Never had the printed version

What about Hannah Fry’s performance did you like?

As she is the writer, her enthusiasm regarding this wonderful subject shines through her voice. I found it wonderful.

What did you learn from The Mathematics of Love that you would use in your daily life?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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An Interesting Take on Mathematics

The way that the book connects mathematics to concepts of romance both practically and impractically helps keep the listener interested in what is usually a dull subject. Hannah Fry's enthusiasm for math enhances the book. She reads the book with the perfect intonation, certainly because she is both author and narrator of the book.

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Not necessarily good in audio form

I read other reviews that said that this particular book is not great in audio because there are some tables, graphs and mathematical formulas that although included in the accompanying PDF, take away from the enjoyment of listening to a purely audio book. I tend to agree with them now. The book is a nice introduction to some mathematical concepts and insights, but if you really want it buy the ebook or printed version.

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Better in audio format

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.

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Expanded version of Fry's TED talk

Any additional comments?

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.

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Very Good

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.

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Absolutely loved it

As the book promised, there is so much math can show you about love that I didn't even thought possible. Will recommend to all my friends.

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An insight into math for enjoyment

Sharing one's love of mathematics is often met with a laugh, as we are taught early on that math, hated by all, is only a necessary barrier to a degree, and not, as many of us know to be true, a path to insight, a tool to make better decisions, and a hobby of pure joy. I dropped out of high school partly for this reason, unwilling to dogmatically absorb slope-intercept form from a school staffer who'd, honestly, just really rather not. I am certain my story is not unique. The question is raised: how does one communicate math to an audience already told to dislike it? Descending from her lofty origins as a thermodynamicist, the witty, intelligent, and fierce mathematician, Hannah Fry, proclaims the good news that math is accessible, dare I say exciting, and she does this in a language that can be understood by us, the multitudes. In this light-hearted reading, presented by the multi-talented author, oarator, and voice-actor herself, many examples of human, cultural, and philosophical problems are addressed using a variety of math concepts. No need to bring a pencil, for no math is actually worked out. Instead, Hannah explains the logic behind the math, roughly how the concept in question works, and how and how not to apply it. Easy. And so much fun! Thanks Hannah for being in all of our lives!

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Ugly friends can be an asset.

You'll have more success attracting the opposite sex at a party if you bring a friend that looks like you but is uglier XD. This is one application of the "decoy effect" that Hannah talks about among many other things relating math and love.

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Such a great journey into Math

Not only is this book fun and inciteful on how to look at love, but is also a great journey on how to look at Maths. From probability and statistics to optimization problems, this book is just great overall on how you can apply maths to your life.

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  • Martin Skou
  • 03-11-15

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

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  • Mr Moss
  • 09-24-18

Outstanding Narrator

The narrator has a voice I could listen to all day, and the subject matter is interesting and light-hearted. I purchased her other audiobook, which I heard her talking about on the radio, largely on performance of this one. I hope that one turns out to be just as good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-17

Fun and surprising

Great book with surprising conclusions. Some of the equations are hard to understand when they aren't written down in front of you. Hannah Fry has an amazing voice for audio books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-17

Great book

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook, it's funny and interesting. I loved studying mathematics in school and it's nice to see it applied to a field I wouldn't have expected to.

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  • Kristiyan
  • 10-09-16

Very good book, recommend it!

Loved it! Would recommend to anyone who is lost in the world of love and is looking for some practical answer to her/his questions

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  • Mr Chops
  • 02-24-15

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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  • RynGibbs
  • 10-15-17

Fabulous

always looking for real world applications of Mathematics to convince my students it is the bezt subject! Really enjoyed hearing Hannah reading her book.

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  • Matthew
  • 05-22-16

She's pretty AND smart!! 8-O 10/10

If I died listening to Hanna Fry talk about mathematics, I would die happy.

If you take one thing away from this book it should be this: Every aspect of our world and our life is full of patterns. From these patterns we can create useful models.