The Mathematics of love

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The speaker, Hannah Fry, talks about the mathematics of love and how mathematicians have done a lot of work in finding the perfect partner. She references a paper titled "Why I Don't Have a Girlfriend" in which the author, Peter Backus, rates his chances of finding love. She notes that love is not easily predictable and that mathematics can offer a new way of looking at it. Fry gives three mathematically verifiable tips for love, including how to win at online dating using data collected by the website OkCupid.

About Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry is a Professor in the Mathematics of Cities. She is a mathematician, a best-selling author, an award winning science presenter and the host of numerous popular podcasts and television shows.

The Mathematics of Love

Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation Simon & Schuster, 2015 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 maths has nothing to offer. This book pulls back the curtain to reveal the patterns in love that can be explained through maths and offers up a valuable new perspective on matters of the heart: What’s the chance of us finding love? What’s the chance that it will last? How does online dating work, exactly? When should you settle down? How can you avoid divorce? When is it right to compromise? Can game theory help us decide whether or not to call?

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