Caroline Linden on math and romance

Math and romance are inextricably connected for me.

Let me explain. The fall of my sophomore year of college, a guy asked me out. He was athletic and funny, crazy about sports and always ready with a smart remark—basically my complete opposite. He was also a graduate student in the Harvard Mathematics Department, and he had taught more math than I would ever learn. I wasn’t sure what to expect—frankly he was a little intimidating. He had helped me with a few problem sets and I thought the “date” might be his attempt at telling me I should consider a new field of study, after seeing how I cursed at everything topology.

My friends told me to go for it. Boy, were they right.

It’s 100% true that the sexiest part of a man is his brain. We went on dates to the […]