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Guys, There’s a Paper That Describes the Relationship Between Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy Using Math


“A mathematical model is proposed for interpreting the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy portrayed by Jane Austen in the popular novel Pride and Prejudice. The analysis shows that the story is characterized by a sudden explosion of sentimental involvements, revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation in the model. The paper is interesting not only because it deals for the first time with catastrophic bifurcations in romantic relation-ships, but also because it enriches the list of examples in which love stories are described through ordinary differential equations…. A series of small discoveries can give rise to a sudden turning-point in the development of a love story. In mathematical terms these turning-points are nothing but so-called catastrophes, which, in the case of Pride and Prejudice, are technically revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation.”Discover has a lingo-laced excerpt from the paper “A mathematical model of ‘pride and prejudice‘” (“as a consequence of the letter the upper saddle-node bifurcation curve is crossed from below and this crossing implies a discontinuous jump from x’ to x”’…”), plus a graph. A graph.

It’s so beautiful.

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  • http://thewrongdrum.wordpress.com/ Jeanette

    My heart just exploded with feelings for Math.

  • Morgan

    How timely! Just this week I watched the Pride & Prejudice (1995), Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Lost in Austen.

  • Anonymous

    Found this from Emma: “but yet it appeared to her so natural, so inevitable to strive against an inclination of that sort unrequited, that she could not comprehend its continuing very long in equal force.”

    That sounds more like physics than math. What’s going on?

  • JMH

    Physics is just practical math. It is the same.

  • Pythia

    This isn’t the only recent adaptation of Austen into a numbers game–Michael Chwe at UCLA has a book out about Jane Austen as a game theorist: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/gaming-mr-darcy-what-jane-aust/

  • Dessa Brewington

    Nope, I still hate Mr. Darcy.

  • Morgan

    Knightley 4EVA