British mathematicians have calculated the chances of meeting an ideal partner. They are worthless.
Science justifies loneliness. British mathematicians have calculated the chances of meeting an ideal partner. They are worthless
Professor of mathematics
Backus approached the answer to the question formulated in the title of the book with scientific scrupulousness. He decided to use the famous Drake Equation, a formula that can be used to determine the number of civilizations in the galaxy with which we have a chance to make contact. It turned out that out of 30 million British women, only 26 people fall into the category of an ideal partner for Peter.
Only unmarried girls between the ages of 24 and 34 living in London were taken into account. “There were only 26 girls in this city with whom I could have an ideal relationship,” says Backus. “So during some evening outing in the capital, my chances of meeting the ideal are 0.0000034%, or 1 in 285,000. Not too much, right?”
But how did this figure come about? Backus took the Drake Equation (N=R x Fp x Ne x Fi x Fc x L) and changed all the values in it to his own criteria for an ideal date, which included the percentage of women who were ready to find Backus attractive.
"My research may seem sad to people looking for their love," says Backus. - But there is also a positive side to this. It's not your fault that you can't find your ideal.”
Source:The Daily Telegraph