You are viewing a read-only archive of the Blogs.Harvard network. Learn more.

How Romantic

We were able to derive a set of nonlinear difference equations for marital
interaction as well as physiology and perception. These equations provided
parameters, that allowed us to predict, with over 90 percent accuracy, what was
going to happen to a relationship over a three-year period. The main advantage
of the math modeling was that using these parameters, we are not only be able to
predict, but now UNDERSTAND what people are doing when they affected one
another. And through the equations we were now really able to build theory. That
theory allows us to understand how to intervene and how to change things. And
how to know what it is we’re affecting, and why the interventions are effective.
This is the mathematics of love.
The article isn’t so scientific though. And not a whole lot that’s earth-shattering, but here are a couple of interesting bits:

It seemed that relationships last to the extent that you select someone
whose annoying personality traits don’t send you into emotional orbit.

Like Leunhook with his microscope, Jani discovered a hidden world
in the ordinary everyday moments. These moments were the key to how
people build friendship and even sexual intimacy.

Comments are closed.