Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.
Alongside her academic position, Hannah is an experienced public speaker giving conference keynotes and taking the joy of maths into theatres and schools. Hannah’s mathematical expertise has led to the development of several BBC documentaries including ‘Climate Change By Numbers’, ‘Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing’ (BBC4) and 'Horizon: How to Find Love Online' (BBC2). Hannah regularly appears on radio in the UK, most recently on ‘Computing Britain’, ‘The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry’ (BBC R4) and ‘Music By Numbers’ (BBC R1). Online, her YouTube videos have clocked up over 5 million views, including her popular TED talk, 'The Mathematics of Love'.
As a result of the talk, February 2015 saw the publication of Hannah’s book ‘The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation’ (Simon & Schuster/ Ted).
You can find her on twitter and instagram: @fryrsquared
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The Mathematics of Love
I'll be the first to admit that love and mathematics don't seem to fit naturally together. I know - just as well as you do - that the thrill of romance can't easily be described by a simple set of equations. But that doesn't mean that maths doesn't have anything to offer. And by picking out big questions that maths is ideally placed to describe, I hope to persuade you that maths can offer a valuable new perspective on matters of the heart: What's the chance of us 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?