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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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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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