Video: The Mathematics Of Love

May 14, 2015 by Justin Lehmiller

“Human emotion isn’t neatly ordered and rational and easily predictable. But I also know that that doesn’t mean that mathematics hasn’t got something that it can offer us—because love, as with most of life, is full of patterns. And mathematics is ultimately all about the study of patterns.” – Dr. Hannah Fry

In this TEDx talk, mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry discusses what mathematics can offer to the study of love and how we can potentially apply it to our everyday lives. Not only does her analysis yield tips on obtaining success in online dating, but it also speaks to how we might go about picking the “perfect” partner, as well as avoiding divorce. I know it’s not very romantic to suggest that understanding love and attraction can be boiled down to a series of mathematical equations, but after watching this video, you just might come to realize that there’s something to this idea.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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