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Love emotions between Laura and Petrarca —an approach by mathematics and system dynamics

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5 Author(s)
Breitenecker, F. ; Inst. for Anal. & Sci. Comput., Vienna Univ. of Technol., Vienna ; Judex, F. ; Popper, N. ; Mathe, A.
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Laura, a very beautiful but also mysterious lady, inspired the famous poet Petrarch for poems, which express ecstatic love as well as deep despair. F. J. Jones - a scientist for literary - recognised in these changes between love and despair an oscillating behaviour - from 1328 to 1350 -, which he called Petrarch's emotional cycle. The mathematician S .Rinaldi investigated this cycle and established a mathematical model based on ordinary differential equation: two coupled nonlinear ODEs, reflecting Laura's and Petrarch's emotion for each other, drive an inspiration variable, which coincides with Petrarch 's emotional cycle. These ODEs were starting point for the investigations in two directions: mapping the mathematical model to a suitable modelling concept, and trying to extend the model for love dynamics in modern times (F Breitenecker et al). This contribution introduces and investigates a modelling approach for love dynamics and inspiration by means of System Dynamics, as well as for Laura's and Petrarch's emotions as well as for a modern couple in love. In principal, emotions and inspiration emerge from a source, and are fading into a sink. But the controlling parameters for increase and decrease of emotion create a broad variety of emotional behaviour and of degree of inspiration, because of the nonlinearities. Experiments with an implementation of this model approach and selected simulations provide interesting case studies for different kind of love dynamics - attraction, rejection and neglect, - stable equilibriums and chaotic cycles.

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Information Technology Interfaces, 2008. ITI 2008. 30th International Conference on

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23-26 June 2008