Author: Sergio Rinaldi
By making reference to recent contributions collected in a forthcoming book, it is shown how love stories — a vital issue in our lives — can be tentatively described with classical mathematics. Focus is on the derivation and analysis of reliable models that allow one to formally describe the expected evolution of love affairs from the initial state of indifference to the final romantic regime. The models are in full agreement with the basic philosophical principles of love psychology. Particular attention is given to the role played by appeal in shaping the evolution of love stories and in structuring human populations. The presentation is purely theoretical and focused on romantic relationships between important classes of individuals identified by particular psychological traits. But specific love stories described in classical poems or in worldwide famous films (e.g., Cyrano de Bergerac, Gone with the Wind) are also briefly discussed to highlight the power of the Systems Analysis approach.
Sergio Rinaldi is Professor Emeritus of System Theory at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of the Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy and is Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria. He is the author of 200 peer reviewed papers and of seven books, and Associate Editor of International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Ecological Modelling, and Applied Mathematics and Computation. He has been Visiting Professor at Stanford, Berkeley, Vancouver, Kyoto, Wien and Linz and has been Director of the Research Center for Environmental Modelling, Politecnico di Milano, and Professor of Systems Modelling at Alta Scuola Politecnica.
Sergio Rinaldi was awarded the Italgas Prize for Scientific Research and Innovation in 1988 and the Calabria Prize for Literature and Science in 1996.