Math Nerd Solves Dating Equation


Dr. Clio Cresswell may have the formula for finding "the one."

First and foremost, I mean no disrespect towards math nerds. Back in college (man, I love college), I had a lucky test-taking shirt. It had a "d" over "dx," it was followed by the words "it" and was preceded by the word "just." In essence, I had a shirt that said "Just Derive It," and it may have gotten me through engineering but it certainly didn't hurt when my differential equations teacher thought it was hilarious. END DISCLAIMER.

According to Reuters, an Aussie mathematician named Dr. Clio Cresswell theorizes that you must kiss twelve frogs before you find a prince (or princess, whatever, the One). Per her calculations, there is a 75 percent chance that the thirteenth romantic partner will be well suited to your personality and likely to last. And please keep in mind that this lady is coming from the University of Sydney, not some kangaroo farm like Harvard.

Her theorem isn't trying to analyze right or wrong choices, merely patterns. She doesn't go into the math or data (bo-ring!), but just states that it's not a dating advice strategy, per se, just an attempt to rationalize something as abstract and generally non-numbers oriented as l'amore. Her book, Mathematics And Sex, aims to provide quantitative analysis to something that often defies any semblance of logic. Read: Mathematical Equation For A Lasting Relationship?

Or as I've been saying for years, it's a numbers game. For the more demure of you, your dozen doesn't, necessarily, have to be dirty. Any kind of romantic involvement that teaches you more about what you like and dislike will suffice. Read: Sexual History: What Your Number Says About You

This propels Clio Cresswell into my top two for authors who make math accessible (right behind Danica McKeller AKA Winnie Cooper). It also lands her in my top three for people named "Clio," ahead of Miss Cleo and just behind the man behind the golden arcs, Cleo McDowell.

Would you ever work a "mathematical" approach to dating into your relationship calculus?