) is precisely the kind of thoughtful, poetic, highly intelligent tome De Botton has grown famous for.
Part novel, part philosophical inquiry into the origin and machinery of romantic love, the book follows the story of a love affair, tracing each stage — from the initial dopamine-driven lovesickness to the despair of love’s demise — through a beautiful blend of intellectual analysis and deeply human felt emotion.
The field of biology views "love" as a hard-wired mammalian drive, akin to thirst and hunger.
In contrast, psychology views love from a social and cultural perspective where our drive to find love--and our responses to it--are highly dependent on societal norms.
Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely?