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The Mathematics of Love - new TED book by Hannah Fry

20 January 2015

The Mathematics of Love - new book by Hannah Fry

In September 2014 TED launched their first ever series of TED books in print: a boutique collection of 12 original texts, long enough to explore an idea but short enough to read in a single sitting.

After giving a TEDx talk in Binghamton on the Mathematics of Love last spring Hannah Fry was asked by TED if she would like to be one of the 12 and put the ideas in print.

In The Mathematics of Love, Dr. Hannah Fry takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the patterns that define our love lives, tackling some of the most common yet complex questions surrounding love:

  • What’s the chance of 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, 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.​

Find out where to buy it from the TED website.

Read The Observer's interview with Dr Hannah Fry here.