Small discoveries can have great consequences in love affairs: the case of "Beauty and the Beast"

Rinaldi S, Landi P, & Della Rossa F (2013). Small discoveries can have great consequences in love affairs: the case of "Beauty and the Beast". IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-13-062

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Abstract

A mathematical model is proposed for interpreting the love story portrayed by Walt Disney in the film 'Beauty and The Beast'. The analysis shows that the story is characterized by a sudden explosion of sentimental involvements, revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation in the model. The paper is interesting not only because it deals for the first time with catastrophic bifurcations in specific romantic relationships, but also because it enriches the list of examples in which love stories are satisfactorily described through Ordinary Differential Equations.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: love dynamics, mathematical models, dynamical systems, catastrophic bifurcations, saddle-node bifurcations, Beauty and The Beast
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:49
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 19:20
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/10705

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