A mathematical model of "Gone with the Wind"

Rinaldi S, Della Rossa F, & Landi P (2013). A mathematical model of "Gone with the Wind". Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 392 (15): 3231-3239. DOI:10.1016/j.physa.2013.03.034.

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Abstract

We develop a mathematical model for mimicking the love story between Scarlett and Rhett described in "Gone with the Wind". In line with tradition in classical physics, the model is composed of two Ordinary Differential Equations, one for Scarlett and one for Rhett, which encapsulate their main psycho-physical characteristics. The two lovers are described as so-called insecure individuals because they respond very strongly to small involvements of the partner but then attenuate their reaction when the pressure exerted by the partner becomes too high. These characteristics of Scarlett and Rhett clearly emerge during the first part of the film and are sufficient to develop a model that perfectly predicts the complex evolution and the dramatic end of the love story. Since the predicted evolution of the romantic relationship is a direct consequence of the characters of the two individuals, the agreement between he model and the film supports the high credibility of the story. Although credibility of a fictitious story is not necessary from a purely artistic point of view, in most cases it is very appreciated, at the point of being essential in making the film popular. In conclusion, we can say that we have explained with a scientific approach why "Gone with the Wind" has become one of the most successful films of all times.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Love dynamics; Mathematical model; Multiple equilibria; Non-linear dynamical systems; Ordinary differential equations
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Bibliographic Reference: Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications; 392(15):3231-3239 (1 August 2013)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 16:37
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10401

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