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 currently an EPSRC public engagement fellow, taking the joy of maths into theatres, pubs and schools. She also co-presents the BBC worldwide YouTube channel BritLabs (formerly Headsqueeze) and regularly appears on TV and radio in the UK.
You can find her on twitter: @fryrsquared.
The Mathematics of Love
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 I was asked by TED if I'd like to be one of the 12 and put the ideas in print.
After agonising over this incredibly difficult decision for about 4 seconds, I agreed. And here is the result: a tour of love, dating and relationships using mathematics as a guide.
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?