The Mathematics of Love
- Narrated by: Hannah Fry
- Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-02-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio / TED
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.
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By Crispin on 24-02-15
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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By Itay on 15-02-15
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
By Paul on 13-11-17
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful