Mathematics and Sex

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Allen & Unwin, Sep 1, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 192 pages
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You've heard of sexual chemistry?

Now try sexual mathematics...

For most people seeing 'mathematics' and 'sex' side by side is strange enough let alone discovering there is, in fact, a deep and captivating relationship between the two. Well, it's time to shatter the stereotypes!

Join Dr Clio Cresswell on a fascinating, fun and at times frisky journey as she reveals how mathematics can unlock the secrets of love and relationships, dating and mating, pumping and grinding. Tackle such age-old dilemmas as:

- How much should you compromise in a relationship?

- Exactly what is it that we find attractive in a lover?

- How many partners should you have before you stop playing the field?

- What makes your biological clock tick along?

Jump into bed with Mathematics and Sex and discover just how love, lust and the life's search for the ideal partner can be spiced up with a dash or two of mathematics.

'This book is passionate about the role of mathematics in every human activity, and joyful about matters of sex. Dinner-party conversations may never be the same.'

Professor Ian Sloan, President, International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
 

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User Review  - alun - LibraryThing

Ok, but lacked a spark for me. There were some interesting problems, though once or twice it threatened to veer into Cliff Arnall territory. It plainly wasn't like that in later chapters, but there it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Too light on the mathematics. In a brave attempt to make math appealing to those who aren't interested in the subject, the author avoids any of the detail that would make this book appealing to those ... Read full review

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Contents

LOVE SWEEEET LOVE
1
MARRIAGE AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
22
ROAD TESTING THE BED HOW MUCH SEX IS TOO MUCH SEX?
42
DATING SERVICES ARE YOU REALLY BEING SERVED?
58
PAIRING UP
77
ACTION REACTION ATTRACTION
90
PICK A SEX ANY SEX
113
HOW OVARIES COUNT AND BALLS ADD UP
139
ORGASM
158
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About the author (2003)

Clio Cresswell, PhD, mathematician, writer, media presenter and educator, was born in England, had her childhood in Greece, was raised in the south of France, and attended university in Australia. Clio s somewhat unorthodox upbringing has greatly contributed to her varied and eclectic outlook on life. She enjoys all mental challenges and enjoys the extreme diversity of total body and intellectual workouts.

For several years a Visiting Fellow at the School of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Clio is also a seasoned media performer. She features regularly on Australian television, radio and press.

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