Basically at the end of the equation, at the bottom of the whiteboard, the solution was found: There was nobody in Boston for this smart, available, successful woman. You may be asking me why I decided to share this seemingly depressing story on today of all days, the National Day of Romance. I shared it because there is freedom in knowing that we cannot beat the odds.“She’s alone,” David concluded, with a hesitant giggle. There is something liberating about seeing the math scribbled out before our very eyes, and realizing that, at the end of the day, we really can’t control it all.I bet any listener not immediately familiar with the intricacies of particle physics was thinking the same thing.
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Pulled by both her intellectual curiosity and her lonely heart, she asked them to use the same equation to figure out her chances of finding a man.
So they narrowed it down in much the same way, subset by subset.
Then weed out anyone outside of a reasonable age range (and within a legal one). 20-to-40-year-olds represent between 30-35 percent of Boston’s population, leaving them with 100,000 women to pick from.
These being doctoral students, they wanted girlfriends who were college grads. These physicists (clearly) aren’t players and do adhere to some ethical boundaries, aiming to date people who are, in fact, single.
Scientific fact: wherever there is a physicist, there is bound to be a whiteboard.
So the power of mathematics was quickly and logically employed via blue and green Expo markers to estimate the likelihood of these men ever finding a girlfriend.
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