Mathematics and sex | Clio Cresswell | TEDxSydney

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Mathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to understanding them both in terms of the evolutionary roots of our brain, Dr Clio Cresswell shares her insight into it all.

Dr Clio Cresswell is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at The University of Sydney researching the evolution of mathematical thought and the role of mathematics in society. Born in England, she spent part of her childhood on a Greek island, and was then schooled in the south of France where she studied Visual Art. At eighteen she simultaneously discovered the joys of Australia and mathematics, following on to win the University Medal and complete a PhD in mathematics at The University of New South Wales. Communicating mathematics is her field and passion. Clio has appeared on panel shows commenting, debating and interviewing; authored book reviews and opinion pieces; joined breakfast radio teams and current affair programs; always there highlighting the mathematical element to our lives. She is author of Mathematics and Sex.

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  • Rose Bud


    She has a thing for Charlie Sheen.

  • T Mark Hightower


    Never realized that male testosterone dynamics was so mathematically complex.

  • Nicolae Dicianu


    You are so good

  • tennyson23


    And can maths explain why she has the body of a 15yo boy, yet thinks that shes hot? errrrr no! Nobody says on like donkey kong, grow up woman!

  • HASH


    I can solve her math problem…

  • Dennis Inkwa


    Math and crossfit!

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  • Rafał Matoszuk


    What about quantum physics and imaginary numbers?

  • Xochipili


    Maybe she doesn’t understand empathy since she’s clearly talking about sympathy

  • Long Joe


    Don’t know about math, your looks and slightly bow legs would hope that I could get in the sack! I’ll bet I can make you get up the next morning with a smile. I’m 60, math has nothing to do with how hot you look or how much I would like to try give your mind a whirl. If I do well, nature says you will try to return. If you are not appreciative of the pleasure, your are I’m sorry but a „B“ in heat. You neither understand the making of a early relationship or the how a long term relationship evolves from a hourly to long-term relationship!
    My wife and I have been married for 42 years, neither of us needed A mathematical explanation of why we have been in love, devoted, and best friends for 42 years!

  • Martin Alexander


    These are the nicest trousers ever. But I mathematically love my wife so that’s good. But where can I get the pants?

  • bigjohn574


    not to shabby in white

  • callmebigpapa


    A cool lady!

  • EricWW2


    She has nice hair but my god she hit the wall.

  • Nure Alam Chowdhury Sujan


    Very good……………………

  • Fenosoa Willy


    That muscules

  • Luke Grekat


    I’m in LOVE! She’s a DOLL!

  • Kamran Rahman


    She says people may have clashed when it came to religion, cultures or languages, but their mathematics just meshed. This is a slightly rose-tinted view of the history of mathematics. It’s partly true that mathematics easily went across societies over the last two thousand years, but then so did language, religion and culture – America, Australia and Europe now almost exclusively follow three religions which started in the Middle East. An example of conflict over maths is seen in negative numbers. These were used in India from about 700 CE, but as late as the nineteenth century English mathematicians were very reluctant to accept them, e.g. Francis Maseres said that negative numbers „darken the very whole doctrines of the equations and make dark of the things which are in their nature excessively obvious and simple“ .
    Also, for example, zero was used in India many centuries before it was accepted by Europe, because Roman numerals could not cope with it, and Roman mathematicians did not accept it, so the whole of European mathematics had to do without it for many centuries – because the mathematical views of Europe did not mesh with those of the east.

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    Oh yes I cum to the conclusion that she gotta be right on fire here

  • ivan arciniegas


    she is super fit

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