#### Peanut Butter and Chocolate

by Rebecca Pahle
February 27th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

*"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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