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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2015 Dr. Hannah Fry (P)2015 Simon and Schuster
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.
Never had the printed version
As she is the writer, her enthusiasm regarding this wonderful subject shines through her voice. I found it wonderful.
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.
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.
"Expanded version of Fry's TED talk"
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.
"because Hannah Fry"
Performance: Hannah Fry could get at least 3 stars reading the digits of pi.
content: much more applicable to single 20 or 30-somethings, but still a fun listen
"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.
This is an excellent start to in understanding patterns in love. I highly recommend it.
"Makes Math Relatable"
Just another reason why I love Math! Used it to make some decisions on love.
"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.
Can't find the PDF mentioned in the reading. Hannah Fry has a nice voice but the subject
would be better understood in a written book.
"fun and insightful"
Great read (listen). Frey makes a lot of neat math accessible and enjoyable. Well written and well read!
"if you liked the TED talk"
Have a listen to her 2 TED talks and if you like them, I'd say this audio book is a good bet.
Hannah Fry is very funny and entertaining.
Cute short book!
"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
"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
"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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