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The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate… (edition 2015)

by Hannah Fry (Author)

Series: TED Books

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There is no topic that attracts more attention, more energy and time and devotion, than love. As long as there's been recorded history, love has taken center seat as the inspiration for countless paintings, instigator of wars, muse of untold poets and musicians. And just as poetry, art and music have the ability to communicate something about love that is difficult to articulate with words, the same is true of mathematics. Of course, mathematics can't easily help us translate the emotional side of love, emotions rarely behave in a neatly ordered, rational and easily predictable way. It is difficult to quantify the rollercoaster of romance or to define how lovers might feel via a set of simple equations. But that doesn't mean that mathematics isn't crucial to 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 [this book, the author] takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the patterns that define our love lives, tackling some of the most common yet complex questions pertaining to love: 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? 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, patterns of love.… (more)
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Title:The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation (TED Books)
Authors:Hannah Fry (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster/ TED (2015), 128 pages
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Short enough to finish in a day. Good points all around & delivers on its main premise; math & the various aspects of love. ( )
  sami7 | Aug 3, 2020 |
This was interesting to say the least! ( )
  asthepageturns | Jun 13, 2019 |
Primeiro TEDBook que eu leio. Pelo formato do livro não é possível aprofundar muito, então não faz sentido criticar isso. É mais uma forma de procurar mais sobre um tema de uma apresentação, mesmo que ainda seja pouco. A parte de teoria dos jogos é bacana e me lembrou que ainda tenho que ler mais sobre essa área.
Me agradou que a própria Hannah narra o livro; mesmo que procurar um narrador "qualificado" seja o mais previsto para um bom audiobook, eu repetidamente me vejo adorando as narrações feitas pelos próprios autores, mesmo que eles não tenham muito refinamento técnico na narração. Talvez seja pela conexão que eles têm com o texto. ( )
  Spr1t3 | Jul 31, 2018 |
Nice, informative, easy to read book, if math is not your thing you will appreciate the great efforts the writer put in to simplify the complex mathematical ideas and equations and relate it to easy to understand it emotional concepts. My favorites were the chapter on Backus probabilistic equations on finding love, the chapter on recommendation engines for match making used by the google of "online dating" -OkCupied-, and finally the chapter probabilistic math on how many guests you should invite to your wedding!
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  eknowledger | Feb 28, 2016 |
Hannah Fry demonstrates that equations and algorythms can also be applied to the rhythm of life and love. This is a great little introduction to some beautiful bits of mathematics - and you can decide for yourself how seriously you should apply them on a day to day basis but as Fry herself says "All models are wrong, but some are useful"

Fry tells you how to predict the number of people that are available for you to date - either more or less than you probably thought depending on how picky you are, the importance of beauty (its all about relative beauty apparently) , the importance of being the approacher rather than approachee (you have far more chance of landing your best option that way), how online dating works (you'll be surprised), why fidelity is the best option, how sexual connection networks evolve (yes, we're all part of a few of these - how fascinating it would be to follow the threads that connect everyone you've ever slept with), Optimal Stopping Theory (how to take the best chance of landing your best bet), and - on a slightly disconnected note - how to use mathematics to optimise the wedding.

Great fun, some elegant maths, and a few things to think about. Wish I'd known about Optimal Stopping Theory.. ( )
  Opinionated | Apr 29, 2015 |
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There is no topic that attracts more attention, more energy and time and devotion, than love. As long as there's been recorded history, love has taken center seat as the inspiration for countless paintings, instigator of wars, muse of untold poets and musicians. And just as poetry, art and music have the ability to communicate something about love that is difficult to articulate with words, the same is true of mathematics. Of course, mathematics can't easily help us translate the emotional side of love, emotions rarely behave in a neatly ordered, rational and easily predictable way. It is difficult to quantify the rollercoaster of romance or to define how lovers might feel via a set of simple equations. But that doesn't mean that mathematics isn't crucial to 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 [this book, the author] takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the patterns that define our love lives, tackling some of the most common yet complex questions pertaining to love: 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? 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, patterns of love.

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