Thermodynamics of love

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In 1845, William Rankine, in his "The Mathematician in Love", an eight stanza, five line poem, gave an "equation of love", one of the first known, and defined love as type of "potential" or thermodynamic potential.[1]


In 1994 to 1995, Libb Thims, as a chemical engineering student, began to work on the problem of how to predict love according to chemical thermodynamics, namely in terms of the spontaneity rule of reactions:

and the formation energy of each potential relationship; the relationship being the most exergonic, i.e. showing the greatest negative change in the Gibbs energy of the reaction, would be the one most favored and the most spontaneous, according to the universe. A basic outline of this was presented in Thims' two-volume Human Chemistry (2007).[2]


In 2000, Christopher Hirata, in his "Physics of Relationships: a Thermo-Chemical Approach to Relationships", digressed on college relationship reactions from the point of view of chemical thermodynamics and physical chemistry.


In 2001, David Hwang, in his "Thermodynamics of Love", described the process of two people "falling in love", in respect to Gibbs energy and reaction coordinates, referring to a male M and female F, as "elements", and the bonded couple M-F as a "compound", using the following reaction notation:[3]

albeit with the MF complex specifically shown with a "bond" dash (-), as "M-F", which is implicit human chemical bond theory. Happy relationships he describes graphically as being "exergonic" reactions, Unhappy relationships he describes graphically as "endergonic" reactions.


In 2018, Karin Jones, in her "Thermodynamics of Love: Is your Relationship Stable? Consider its Chemistry", after learning about a "relationship thermodynamics" philosophy a friend of hers discerned from his college thermodynamics course, applied his model of exothermic relationships and endothermic relationships, in a general sense, coming to view her past relationships as chemical reactions or human chemical reactions.[4]


In 2009, David Ng, an English-born Canadian immunologist and musician, wrote a song entitled “Thermodynamics of Love”, a mixture of human relationships in the context of the first three laws of thermodynamics.[5]

In 2013, Andres Florez, a Colombian microbiologist and cancer researcher, in his blog “Thermodynamics of Love”, attempted to outline a thermodynamics of love conceptualized approach to explain love and relationships via a mixture of John Gottman’s The Mathematics of Love (2005) and protein thermodynamics.


The following are quotes:

“So important and far-reaching are the laws of thermodynamics that some people try to use them to explain what governments should do, why people fall in love, and why there are car wrecks.”
Bill Nye (1993), Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Big Blast of Science (pg. 50) [6]
“It’s not chemistry that determines long-term love — it’s thermodynamics.”
— Wild Bob (2003), “Thermodynamics of Love”, Jan 31[7]
“What has just been said seems to contradict the second principle of thermodynamics, which explains the meaning of irreversible processes and the general tendency towards disorder in isolated systems without external energy inputs: heat passes …”
— Sebastia Serrano (2014), Thermodynamics of Love (pg. 10)[8]
“One needs to have knowledge of thermodynamics before making love, because things ‘heat up’ upon re-entry.”
— Just Paul Thinking (2017), “Tweet” (Red), @TwitiCulture, Oct 25

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See also


  1. The Mathematician in Love – Hmolpedia 2020.
  2. (a) Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry, Volume One (eB) (pdf). LuLu.
    (b) Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry, Volume Two (eB) (pdf). LuLu.
  3. Hwang, David. (2001). “The Thermodynamics of Love” (WB) (pdf), Journal of Hybrid Vigor, Issue 1, Emory University.
  4. Jones, Karin. (2018). “The Thermodynamics of Love: Is your relationship stable? Consider its Chemistry”, Erotic Review Magazine (txt), Dec 18.
  5. (a) Ng, David (2009). “Thermodynamics of Love: Demo” (WB),, Apr 14.
    (b) Ng, David (2009). “What Scientific Concept is Worth of its own Song?” (WB),, Apr 03.
    (c) Ng, David. (2009). “Thermodynamics of Love” (YT), Human Chemistry 101, Sep 29.
  6. Nye, Bill. (1993). Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Big Blast of Science (pg. 50). Basic Books.
  7. (a) Bob, Wild. (2003). “Thermodynamics of Love”, Jan 31,
    (b) Thims, Libb. (2007). Human Chemistry, Volume Two (eB) (pdf). LuLu.
  8. 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.

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