Beating his own odds! Maths genius who predicted he had just a one in 285,000 chance of finding love is now getting MARRIED

  • Peter Backus calculated that there were only 26 women for him in the UK
  • But, despite the odds, he found his fiance Rose who ticked all the boxes
  • Used the Drake equation to calculate the odds of finding love in the UK
  • He said that most people 'work out the equation' and find their partner

By Jaymi Mccann

Lovestruck: Peter Backus found his other half just two years after figuring out he only had a one in 285,000 chance of doing so

Lovestruck: Peter Backus found his other half just two years after figuring out he only had a one in 285,000 chance of doing so

It is tough out there for anyone looking for love, but now the man who figured out there are only 26 potential partners for him is about to get married.

It has been revealed that researcher Peter Backus, from London, eventually found his other half and will tie the knot this weekend.

In 2010 Backus figured out that there were only 26 women in the United Kingdom that would fit his age, educational and physical preferences.

The then University of Warwick professor had spent three years without a girlfriend, and described the study as just a funny little thing.

But, despite the odds, he found his fiance Rose who ticked all the boxes.

He told TODAY: ‘When you work out the numbers, they're not unreasonable, that's the reality people face. It might feel surprising, but most people work out the equation.

‘I met [Rose] at a dinner with some friends in London. It was just a chance meeting, just a friend of a friend.’

In 2010 Backus hit the headlines when he published a paper titled “Why I don’t have a girlfriend’, which used the Drake equation to calculate how many potential partners there were out there.

The equation was created by astronomer Frank Drake in 1961 to estimate the number of alien civilisations that exist in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

 

Backus then used the equation to figure out that there are only 26 potential partners for him, which gave him a 0.00034 per cent chance of meeting one of them on a night out in London.

Tie the knot: Backus will marry Londoner Rose at a ceremony this weekend

Tie the knot: Backus will marry Londoner Rose at a ceremony this weekend

But, Backus found his soulmate, and says that people should remain hopeful, despite the odds.

He said: ‘Keep looking, and spend a lot of time hanging out in places where other people who satisfy your criteria hang out. That's what the equation shows.’

The baffling Drake equation reads: N = R* x Fp x Ne x Fi x Fc x L, and helped pioneering scientist Professor Drake to predict that there could be 10,000 civilisations in our galaxy.

Chances were slim: Backus calculated that on an average night out in London there would be a 0.00034 per cent chance of finding an appropriate partner

Chances were slim: Backus calculated that on an average night out in London there would be a 0.00034 per cent chance of finding an appropriate partner

Backus simply replaced the original equation with his own criteria for a dream date, which included the percentage of women likely to find him attractive.

He said at the time: ‘The research may sound depressing to people looking for love, but the good news for singles is, it's probably not your fault!’

Backus’s paper has become legendary, attracting extensive media attention and even warranting a mention on hit TV show The Big Bang Theory.

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Both the estimate of worlds and the girlfriend application are silly of course. The equation doesn't take ito account change, it only predicts probability based on pool size and artificially selected criteria. But as time passes, worlds and women change. And so do the observers. Thus, this guy found a girl that many not have fit his model from three years ago, but fits him today. And oh yea, remember, women change their minds in mysterious ways. So he better get married quickly.

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Anyone who needs to work love out mathematically, has no chance of staying with anyone for long.

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"Drunkeness x Horniness = Chance of finding love" is the only equation applicable to a club situation. Seriously, if you're using complicated mathetmatical equations to work out the probability of finding your soul mate, you aren't going to find them in a club. If he'd included girls in the equation he probably have more like 20,000 possible partners though.

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In that case, my calculations show that there is a 1 in 500 chance that he actually loves the woman that he is marrying.

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Another one bites te Dust...........................

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i'm 18 and just finished college, i spent the past 3 years in my room due to having acne and not feeling good enough for anyone and it's completely destroyed my confidence and now i can't even say hey to someone without feeling worthless, so i probably won't find any love at all in my life aha - Murty , Nottingham, United Kingdom, 26/5/2013 14:50 1. See a GP ask for Dalacin ...and use SUDOCREAM ( baby bottom cream) Both will clear your acne up. Trust me I used both for my sons when they went/one aged 17 still, now and then go through the acne stage ( exam stress, late nights etc) 2.. Honestly ugly fat people are still getting married just as beautiful celebs....most people fall in love because of chemistry . One day you will meet the perfect person but meantime, enjoy your life , do lots of fun things , volunteer at charities, meet lots of people, go out, say yes everytime someone asks you out/a favour. The Universe rewards the kind of heart . Good Luck <3

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Murty , Nottingham, United Kingdom, 26/5/2013 14:50 - Can I please tell you something that I wish someone had told me? If being pretty was enough, I'd have been married years ago. I've been on my own for years even though strangers comment on my looks all the time. It really isn't about looks (and your acne will clear up - give it time) - it's about chemistry. Finding the person who you can talk to, have a laugh with and depend on to pick you up from the airport/train station without being asked. Most women will put security, fidelity and humour above looks so relax about the acne - i'm sure as soon as you stop stressing about it, it will clear right up! xx

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Amazing how life like these blow up dolls are nowadays

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Either A/ this guy is very, very lucky finding a partner with such poor odds or B/ there are a lot more aliens out there in the universe than Drake previously predicted! Personally I reckon Drake hasn't got a clue with regards to his probability formula.

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Stupid.

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