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In 2000, Christopher Hirata, in his “Physics of Relationships: a Thermo-Chemical Approach to Relationships”, outlined a human chemical thermodynamics model of relationships and mate selection equilibria in college.
The following are quotes:
- “In an uncertain society such as today, building solid relationships seems almost a utopia. But are we really doomed to loneliness? Can't we do anything to counter this spontaneous tendency to disorder? The good news: nature has been working for millions of centuries to save us by investing in communication. When sexual differentiation forced our ancestors to invest energy in mating to ensure the survival of the species, those who were able to communicate best won large offspring. Starting from this premise, the author takes us on an exciting journey through time, and shows us how they changed the bodies of hominids to adapt to the preferences of their partners: protruding lips, harmonious shapes, visible genitals and fascinating minds. Perhaps, however, the most surprising innovation was the appearance of language: a tool capable not only of transmitting information, but also of telling wonderful stories and seducing the partner.”
- — Sebastia Serrano (2014), Thermodynamics of Love (abs) 
- “The semester [c.2000] I was taking a class on thermodynamics I started looking at these ‘couples’ from the standpoint of chemistry. The way you decide if you’ve got a good thing going is to figure out if the relationship is mostly endothermic or exothermic. If you’re needing to continually feed your relationship energy, it’s going to eventually burn out. You will deplete your source of fuel and the reaction won’t provide you any with anything of substance on which to thrive, let alone survive. If your relationship is exothermic, it’s an energy producer, the good kind that makes you feel topped up. This became the only advise I ever game my friends when they complained about their relationship difficulties.”
- (a) Hirata, Christopher M. (c.2000). “The Physics of Relationships: Thermo-Chemical Approach to Relationships” (abs) (WB) (Yumpu), Tapir.Caltech.edu; (WayBack Machine).
(b) Hirata, Christopher M. (2010). "The Physics of Relationships" (pdf), Journal of Human Thermodynamics, 6(5): 62-76.
- Serrano, Sebastia. (2014). Thermodynamics of Love: How to Save Relationships by Investing in Communication (Termodinamica dell’amore: Come salvare i rapporti di coppia investendo nella comunicazione) (termodinamica, 5+ pgs). Edizioni Dedalo.
- Jones, Karin. (2018). “The Thermodynamics of Love”, Erotic Review Magazine (txt), Dec 18.
- Relationship force – Hmolpedia 2020.
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