He knew the way to find the right person. He should use the same approach that had always served him well: the scientific method. Use the scientific method for love. – from Love at Absolute Zero, page 30 -
Gunnar Gunderson is thirty-two years old and has just made tenure. His entire focus has been on researching the ultracold and finding a way to achieve absolute zero – a concept that is inherently impossible. Love, it seems, has also been impossible for Gunnar, a man who is brilliant when it comes to physics, but lacks a certain social awareness when it comes to people. True to his personality and belief in science, Gunnar develops a plan to find love over a three day period using the scientific method.
Others talk about destiny. Still others argue free will. Gunnar didn’t particularly like philosophy. It was too imprecise. Science was better, and he was happy with his science. – from Love at Absolute Zero, page 6 -
Love at Absolute Zero is a comic look at love from the point of view of a man completely dependent on science to view the world. Gunnar follows the play book for love: getting braces to fix the gap in his teeth, dying and cutting his hair, getting laser surgery to fix his nearsightedness, and joining a speed dating program…all within three days. But even Gunnar cannot control all the variables and when he steps on a woman’s toes, his science begins to fail him.
“I’m trying to understand the design of the smallest thing, the atom, and perhaps if I can understand that, then I can understand ordinary things like why every pen in my jar on my desk doesn’t write. Why do I keep misplacing my cell phone yet I know the integer spin of strontium atoms. Why do I know that falling in love is fun but keeping it is something else.” – from Love at Absolute Zero, page 242 -
Christopher Meeks takes his readers from Wisconsin to Denmark as Gunnar navigates the unfamiliar path to love.
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