lonely, romantic, the disparate protagonists in On The
Nature Of Human Romantic Interaction safeguard their emotions
behind walls of logic and knowledge. Privately, though, these
scientific seekers yearn to find a love as steadfast as the
equations and principles that anchor their lives. Even the
most resolute researchers find their faith tested as they
seek out the place where reason and passion peacefully coexist.
A control theorist diagrams his troubled relationship with
his girlfriend but fails to create a formula for romance.
A jaded 19th century phrenologist must reexamine the connection
between head and heart when he encounters a mysterious woman.
A cynical forester catalogues her failed physical relationships,
while daydreaming about her reclusive and brilliant mentor.
Ultimately, each of them must transcend the concrete to explore
the uncharted wilderness of the human heart.
On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction is published by the Dial Press.
Many people view science as a chilly, rational exploration
of facts, but scientific discovery is often shaped by emotion.
Jealousy, fear, and desire can play as much a role in research
as quiet contemplation. I wanted to write about people who
long to uncover the mysteries of science, which are so often
entangled with their own lives and the lives of people around
them. And I wanted to show that although science has evolved,
over the years, the anxiety and yearning of research continually
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