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Party Ideas For Math Nerds?

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the three-piece-suits dept.

Math 529

rbf writes "A girl I like at my university, a graduate student in mathematics, will be having a birthday next month. She had thought of throwing a nerd-themed party — show up with tape on your glasses, pants hiked up, etc. However, she decided against it because most of her friends are math nerds and wouldn't even have to dress up! So my question for the community is: What fun party ideas would appeal to a group of mostly math-major nerds?"

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Three things. (4, Funny)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212018)

Alcohol. Barry White. Intercourse.

Trust me, its great for the rest of us.

While you're at it, watch Barton Fink.

you are a /.~er. I doubt you do these 3 things (1)

Petkov (1011081) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212054)

enough said.

They already have everything they need. (5, Funny)

raehl (609729) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212192)

There's going to be a GIRL there. And she's not deflatable. It's going to be the best math nerd party EVER!

Re:They already have everything they need. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212250)

Hang a bully from the ceiling and pass out cricket bats. Make sure selected scenes from clockwork orange are viewed prior to this.

Re:Three things. (0, Troll)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212220)

Do yourself a favor and visit double Your Dating [] . You need it. Really.

Re:Three things. (1)

cowbud (200323) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212244)


Re:Three things. (5, Funny)

palantir (14323) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212360)

Dont forget to serve pi with the coffee

Scrap Barry White (2, Informative)

jsimon12 (207119) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212408)

You are in college, drink booze and play drinking games. Me and my engineering buddies always preferred Asshole but my brother and his medical school buddies all prefer Beer pong.

Sex party! (3, Funny)

Kymermosst (33885) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212020)

It'll be the first time for a lot of things for you math nerds! :)

Re:Sex party! (2, Insightful)

grammar fascist (239789) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212372)

It'll be the first time for a lot of things for you math nerds! :)
Yeah! Awesome new things like syphilis and herpes! Whee!

Hookers (1, Informative)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212022)

Most of them are probably virgins.

Re:Hookers (5, Insightful)

peterwade (1279990) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212328)

You would be surprised- dating is more difficult for nerds because *meaning* is more important, but when it happens, *attention to detail* trumps all :)

I have a few ideas... (5, Funny)

Izabael_DaJinn (1231856) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212024)

See who can recite Pi the furthest in Hexadecimal (3.243F6A8885A308D31319...)

Play pin the tail on the integer?

Dress up as your favorite nonlinear equation.

Start a drinking game where everyone increases their drinks parabolically. (or alternatively: everyone drinks when someone says "Archimedes.")

TP the English department utilizing the golden spiral....

Re:I have a few ideas... (1)

shorti9 (307602) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212134)

Play pin the tail on the integer?
Don't you mean pin the tail on the irrational?

Re:I have a few ideas... (3, Funny)

Psychotic_Wrath (693928) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212258)

Dress up as your favorite nonlinear equation.
So get some girls and try x^3.

How about this. (1)

Eevee1 (1147279) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212032)

Get them to name their favorite 10 digit prime number! That ALWAYS gets results.

Dude! Drinking games (2, Funny)

AchiIIe (974900) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212034)

Come on, its' a given Drinking games. Let's see how well you integrate after a couple !

Re:Dude! Drinking games (5, Funny)

Reinsarn (1197359) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212212)

Don't drink and derive!

Re:Dude! Drinking games (3, Funny)

GeneralCC (1206630) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212222)

Don't drink and derive! Unless you have a designated philosophy major.

WEll, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212038)

they could sit around at home and read through all of Kdawson's posts

Re:WEll, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212498)

It's generally a good thing that your guests survive the party.

strippers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212046)

Hire strippers to recite Pi to the 10000th decimal place

Well... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212048)

Pin the tail on the Gaussian Curve?
Bobbing for Protractors?
Spin the Klein Bottle?

Re:Well... (2, Funny)

howlingmadhowie (943150) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212106)

this reminds me of my favorite maths joke:

what's yellow, complete and normed?

a bananach space.

Re:Well... (1, Redundant)

Exit*2* (965928) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212290)

Or, even:

What's purple and commutes?

An abelian grape.

Re:Well... (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212480)

What's purple, commutes, and has a non-infinite number of worshippers?

A finitely venerated abelian grape.

Blackjack and hookers (3, Funny)

Cocoshimmy (933014) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212050)

In fact, screw the Blackjack!!!

Re:Blackjack and hookers (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212070)

In fact, screw the Blackjack!!!
Can't, busy screwing the hookers.

Re:Blackjack and hookers (1)

LasseF (254905) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212076)

In fact, screw the Blackjack!!!
... and screw the hookers too!!!

Party ideas that would appeal to math majors? (5, Insightful)

allio (791515) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212056)

How about not having one?

Gambling! (5, Interesting)

PotatoHead (12771) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212062)

Set up a mini-casino and have some games running. Be creative with the prizes, and hand everybody their chips at the door.

Re:Gambling! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212368)

And you get bonus chips if the dealer catches you counting cards.

Imaginary (5, Funny)

mrbamboo (1279978) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212064)

Imaginary party, you don't even have to show up!

Ugly Sweater Party (2, Interesting)

ListenToBlackSabbath (833563) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212068)

Everyone comes to the party with the ugliest sweater that they own. At the end of the night, everyone votes for the person with the ugliest sweater at the party.

Ask at xkcd (5, Insightful)

jeti (105266) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212080)

xkcd has some forums. Given the quality of the replies that I've read so far, you should better ask there.

Are you kidding me? (1)

brundlefly (189430) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212084)

So my question for the community is: What fun party ideas would appeal to a group of mostly math-major nerds?

Just a guess: Ridiculously hot zombies who only want a few hours of grinding disease-free love without exchanging phone numbers.

(Spoiler: This is not the party you want to throw for your girlfriend.)

Re:Are you kidding me? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212122)

(Spoiler: This is not the party you want to throw for your girlfriend.)

I don't think that is gonna a problem.

And how come people who like math can't have a regular party? What's wrong with a few drinks, some music and a drunken fumble?

Re:Are you kidding me? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212542)

Have you noticed you raise your UID the power 6781192948219889129129191929199101019818823717661551514141819101011.. and then subtract 89001287481241121121345677885432312332435671291912818281717238191987..
the result is prime.


Filter error: That's an awful long string of letters there.
The slashdot filter forced me to truncate these numbers, but you should be able to work out the missing digits.

Go futuristic! (3, Interesting)

Albert Sandberg (315235) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212100)

One of the funnier party themes I heard of (not one that I attended unfortually) was one where they had a futuristic theme. They dressed up in black and silver and stuff like that, call it "50 years from now" or something. A costume party with a theme!
And with all you nerds, I think it'll be very creative too with smashed motherboards and diods :-)

Re:Go futuristic! (1)

menkhaura (103150) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212226)

I'm a little too drunk, or I read that as "dildos"... Whateva.

Re:Go futuristic! (2, Interesting)

Ambiguous Puzuma (1134017) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212264)

Along the same lines, we once had a Superhero party using a _very_ broad definition of "superhero". I remember one person came dressed as "Unit Vector Man"--basically he wore a shirt with a large i-hat symbol drawn on it, and a triangle-shaped hat so that he was shaped like an arrow pointing upward (when standing).

Apart from the costumes it was like any other party: dancing, drinking, talking, etc. But the silly costumes were great conversation starters.

Cookies (4, Interesting)

AceJohnny (253840) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212102)

Bring fractal cookies [] .

Also, try asking on the XKCD forums [] . They're slightly higher-brow than here, judging by the comments I see for now ;)

Re:Cookies (3, Informative)

kg4eyf (232264) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212390)

Or fractal vegetables []


Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212482)

LOL JuST bRING booBS!!!1! slashdot FTW

Uh... a normal party? (5, Insightful)

Comatose51 (687974) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212110)

Just putting myself, a computer nerd/software engineer, in the place of the math nerds, I don't think I would want to go to a party that's math themed. Parties are like miniature breaks from what we do normally. I enjoy dinner parties with people from different backgrounds because the conversations are interesting and new. Better yet, parties where we don't mention work but things we did outside of work are great because we get to see a different side of each other. Plus, parties are meant for socialization, not sure if math is the optimal thing for that. I suggest stepping back and asking yourself what you really want out of the party. If fun is what you're looking for, then cast a wider net because there's a ton of ways to have fun.

All else fails, just have an orgy. That has to be new and interesting to nerds. j/k

Re:Uh... a normal party? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212260)

You don't know many mathematicians, then. Nobody becomes a mathematician because it pays the bills, especially considering that a person with the intellectual ability to do research mathematics is much more valued economically in other industries. People become mathematicians because they love math. It's not something they go home to get away from.

Game parties. (4, Interesting)

DeadDecoy (877617) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212118)

As a self-admitted nerd, most of the fun parties I've been to were centered around games: Smash Bros, Halo, Guitar Hero, Chez Geek, Murder Mystery, Pictionary, Settlers, etc. Most of the mediocre parties I've been to involved becoming inebriated and listening to bad music. Good parties should foster social experiences that are fun. For me, games have filled that role more adequately than other things because they give me a common topic with which to start conversations and drift off into random socio-political-theoretical-conversations. Games also tend to be effective, over say an outing like hiking, because they have no physical requirements and appeal to a more general audience. But, then again, this all depends on what appeals to your friends. I've had friends, for whom playing games was childish and annoying (because they thought they sucked at it). Just try to find the appropriate something that gets people to open up to strangers.

Math nerds are humans .. (1)

monschein (1232572) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212124)

Just have a usual party with beer and music; see what happens... you don't need anything special.

LAN PARTY!!!! (1, Funny)

Khyber (864651) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212142)

Quite a few probably game. Throw a LAN.

Re:LAN PARTY!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212550)


Well it won't be a surprise (1)

Silentlaw (1276538) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212152)

...because all the math nerds I know lurk here daily. You should've asked around where the cool kids hang out online. I, of course, have no idea where that is.

Re:Well it won't be a surprise (1)

chuckymonkey (1059244) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212292)

I can tell you, but you may not want to go there. Apparently it's this place called myspace, I really don't recommend going there. Your eyes will want to vomit.

Refreshments idea (4, Funny)

count_zero451 (1251260) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212166)

Serve Pi instead of cake?

Shapes (1)

MrCrassic (994046) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212180)

Dressing up in different shapes? Best dressed goes to that who can design and wear a dodecahedron.

Re:Shapes (1)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212538)

Hell yeah, and I'll be particle man [] !

Equivalence relations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212182)

Here's one we used to do all the time at Harvey Mudd -

Have an equivalence relation party.

Throughout the party, triplets of folks get together, preferably randomly and without regard to gender or orientation.

First, all three members of the triplet masturbate.

Then, each pair in the triplet masturbates and/or orally copulates with each other simultaneously. If done right there should be three unique couplings in this stage.

Finally, the train a.k.a. the finger trap or elephant walk.

If, during the final stage, three-way simultaneous orgasm is achieved, the triplet shouts in unison, "Equivalence Relation!" The first triplet to do so gets a free drink.

A drinking game called Buzz: here's how it works. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212200)

You start at 1 and continue listing off numbers, however when you reach a number with a 7 in it (7, 17, etc..), a multiple of 7 (49, 24, etc..), or a double (11, 22, 33, etc..) then you must say "Buzz", and the direction you were going in reverses. If you screw up then you must drink, and once someone screws up you restart at 1. You can go in either direction from the start, however if both people on either side say 2, both drink.

If you get into the higher numbers and reach a number that qualifies for more than one of the above rules (70: multiple of 7 and has a 7 in it), you must say "Bizz Buzz". If you reach 77 then since it qualifies for all 3 rules, you must say "Bizz Buzz Bazz".

Protip: If you make it above a number that meets all 3 rules, start over because you have missed the point of a drinking game.

Re:A drinking game called Buzz: here's how it work (5, Funny)

Chris Shannon (897827) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212344)

a multiple of 7 (49, 24, etc..), then you must say "Buzz", Protip: If you make it above a number that meets all 3 rules, start over because you have missed the point of a drinking game.
Something tells me that you wouldn't make it above 24.

Re:A drinking game called Buzz: here's how it work (1)

j_sp_r (656354) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212414)

You could say something else then buzz, like "what?" or just another number as well (like 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 8 9 10 11 12 13 what? 15 ) to make it extra difficult. Or add 5 tot the non-speakable numbers. Also, you can add a virtual player, a glass or something which does anything right.

Re:A drinking game called Buzz: here's how it work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212446)

In high school we played a similar game, only we called it "shoulders". Someone would start, and say a number, and at the same time tap their shoulder (use your right arm to hit your left shoulder, and vice versa). Whichever shoulder you hit would determine the direction. You could reverse it at any time, and if someone wasn't quick enough, or went out of order, they drank.

A more complete description can be found at: []

I don't know how much fun this game would be now, but I think that link described it perfectly as "which may simultaneously be the dumbest and most brilliant drinking game ever invented."

Re:A drinking game called Buzz: here's how it work (1)

name*censored* (884880) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212478)

That's only part of a party game called "kings". You take a deck of cards, go around in a circle drawing the cards.

A: Allocate one shot to somebody.
2: Allocate two shots to one or two people.
3: Allocate three shots to one, two or three people.
4: Bathroom card (return it to the bottom of the pile if you want to take a break - the game continues without you).
5: Guys take a shot.
6: Girls take a shot.
7: Everyone takes a shot.
8: "Buzz".
9: "Fountain" - you can't stop drinking until the person to your left stops. The first person who can stop is the person who pulled the card, the last is the one to their right.
10:"Pick-A-Topic" - pick a topic (States, prime numbers, etc), go around the circle giving examples - whoever can't think of one takes a shot.
J: "Nose Game" - without revealing your card, subtly put your finger on your nose. Last person in the group to put their fingers on their nose takes a shot.
Q: Queen's English - shot for each swear word for the next 3 turns (if your group don't normally swear, make this "no saying people's names").
K: Put a shot in the middle of the pile. Whoever puts the final king in has to take all 4 shots, and this ends the game.

This is WAAAAYYYY out there!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212206)

You're problem is that they are already nerds. People that are not nerds like to dress up like them to have a party. This is a no-brainer (for those that obviously have lots of brains).

Make a NORMAL PERSON party. You know, dress in nice clothes. Wear contact lenses. Get a nice haircut. Then the hardest part, have normal conversations. No theory discussions. No challenges that involve numbers whatsoever. Don't discuss math or computers. If this doesn't completely kill all conversations and make people sit around with nothing to do or say, it could be really cool, if for no other reason than feling normal for night.

a geekout (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212208)

When I was back at Utah State for a short time one of the engineering clubs had a competition to see who could be the biggest nerd. I was out of state and missed the competition, but had planned to show up with a ukulele and sing "It's a Long Way from Amphioxus" (ahhh... the first worm like creatures to have a notochord, one of our most distant relatives, and it really is "... a long way from from amphioxus to the meanest human cuss...")

Slide shows of our most geeky moments (extra points for grade school science fairs, calculators and volcanoes).

I always liked the stories of friends from Cal. Tech. of setting up a scavenger hunt where to find the next clue you have to solve some geo/spatial problem -- I remember something about the last question involved solving an elliptical integral to find the prize hidden in a closet in the library stacks.

Hmmm... other ideas... get a list of the open/millennial problems and have a SWAG (read: scientific wild ass guess) party to see who can come up with the 1) the most plausible, 2) the most implausible, and 3) the most creative approach to the problem.

How about a costume party where you show up dressed as your favorite mathematician, irrational number, equation, ... you get the picture. This one helps to have lots of beer on hand.

Hmmm... it really depends on what kind of math she is into.

Hope that helps.

From an earlier story......... (0, Troll)

Overkill Nbuta (1035654) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212214)

I heard of this great game called "Find the sausage" If it can work with a guys wife why not with this girl? Could be lots of fun.

Pin the tail on the Higgs-Boson! (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212228)

Oh wait, that's physics nerds. MATH nerds, eh? I don't think they DO fun. Perhaps they could derive an approximation of it, though...just don't let them drink and derive.

(sorry, someone had to do it...)

Re:Pin the tail on the Higgs-Boson! (1)

kramulous (977841) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212380)

No, No, no ... you've got it all wrong. Once it's over they evaluate the error of it all.

Good Party (1, Interesting)

Plautius (626357) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212236)

I was at a pretty good nerd party last weekend. It had three rooms and a porch. First room had a keg and a bar (pretty much a given). Second room had a Wii with rockband and a bunch of couches for overservers. Third room had a DJ playing loud rap music for some drunkin bump and grind. The porch was for the philosophy majors to smoke cigarettes and bitch about how boring the math majors were. YMMV. I had fun though

um wow (1)

falcon5768 (629591) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212242)

Just when I thought I should be offended by the stereotypical nature of shows like "Big Bang Theory" on the idea that nerds are not hip... this question shows up here...

Pi Cake (1)

hey (83763) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212266)

Can't beat a pi cake!

Re:Pi Cake (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212288)

The cake is a lie.

Darts + CS games (2, Interesting)

Sarten-X (1102295) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212268)

A game I played in an archery class with a fellow computer science geek might be adapted to suit...

First player launches a projectile toward a bulls-eye target. Be it a dart, arrow, bean bag, whatever. The second player does the same, and has to closely justify the result. Things like symmetry over a vertical line, rotation, translation, etc. are valid options for justification. Be creative!

The first player goes again, and the second player follows, this time using the same operation. It's followed by a third round, again using the same round.

After retrieving the darts/arrows/beanbags/whatever, the players switch places, and play again. See who's the best at justifying their shots.

A CS variation: Shoot all three projectiles BEFORE declaring an operation. Then figure out the operation that gets the targets valid using the fewest machine instructions.

That probably doesn't make much sense, but whaddya expect for 3 AM?

Pirates (1)

j_sp_r (656354) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212278)

Pirates are cool!

Just get drunk (0)

PyroFred (1279992) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212294)

Just get drunk... Its the best thing you can do. and almost everyone can participate.

Math not needed, fun talk and opposite sex (1)

mattr (78516) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212296)

Have some games

Bring a lot of female friends / acquaintances

Burn British Doctor Who television broadcasts etc. off bittorrent and play on TV.

Don't use PCs so much, you want to provide stress free but communicative environments including the math geeks and members of opposite sex.

Could also be stimulating if you invite people (guys/gals either is okay) who are not math geeks but do something else that's interesting. Not jocks, I mean artists, musicians, geologists, linguists, basically any field reall in science or fine arts would be fine the point is to have fun together. I don't think math-related things are needed or wanted actually.

A positive number of girls and drinks will make it a lot more fun too.

Also how about a barbecue and some reason to make it last long into twilight?

The Usual: Live Nude Girls that speak Klingon. (1)

Bob_Who (926234) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212298)

Beam me up Scotty!

Okay, stop right there ... (5, Insightful)

IntelliTubbie (29947) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212302)

I know this isn't an answer to your question -- but you say that this is a girl you "like," and you seem to really want to impress her by throwing her the greatest math birthday party ever. Have you told her that you like her, or asked her out yet? If you haven't, and you're hoping that planning this party will help her suddenly realize what a great friend you are, and how well you know her, and that you're the one for her -- well, it just doesn't work that way (except in the movies). Many a shy guy (myself included) has fallen into that trap way too many times, because friendly gestures are far easier than being direct and facing the possibility of rejection. So if I'm wrong, never mind ... but if I'm right, maybe you could redirect some of the party planning effort into gathering the courage to tell her how you feel?

If that's way off base, at least here's a party idea: have everyone come dressed up as a liberal arts student. :)


Create a strange loop (2, Interesting)

Chris Shannon (897827) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212304)

Challenge your friends to build this self supporting structure [] . Hofstadter would call it a strange loop. Think of how this loop in concept is similar to other concepts involving loops, such as logic or consciousness.

Work out the Birthday problem [] for your group. Calculate the probability that some pair of the guests will have the same birthday, then determine if it's true.

Oh God, it's finally happened... (1)

FoolsGold (1139759) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212306)

Slashdot has become a dating service.

Spivak Drinking game (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212312)

take a math text you all like and appreciate, then have a game where you take turns flipping to a page with a theorem and proof, and if you fail to prove the theorem (or do so incorrectly) before half of the other participants do, you have to drink.

if you have the right mix, it works, elsewise folks just wind up doodling and drinking

paulcon (2, Interesting)

paulcon (1279996) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212324)

i am a graduate student in an applied math program. we typically get enough math during the day (and night before deadlines). when we party, it's usually just a regular party with food, alcohol, and music - like "everyone else". often the conversation turns to work, because that's common ground. however, i did through a party on my 10,000th day of life, because anniversaries of birth get boring. (for those of you who don't want to count, that's about twenty-seven and a half years.)

Maths Game as Present (1)

fatp (1171151) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212330)

Request every one bring a Maths game (playable by a large group) to be party as present (if you don't want non-math games). Hope someone will come up something interesting.

-ism party (2, Interesting)

jessiek (1279998) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212342)

I had good luck with a very geeky crowd by hosting an -ism party. everyone had to figure out a costume idea and/or attitude to represent an -ism. some costumes that came were plagiarism, modernism, dudeism, chauvinism, feminism, egoism, sadism, and cartesianism.

Strip Algebra (1)

The Famous Druid (89404) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212352)

      drink a shot of whisky
      try to solve an algebra problem in your head
      if you get it wrong, remove an item of clothing
until everyone is naked

proof (with Gwyneth Paltrow) (1)

cobbaut (232092) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212358)

There's a math nerd party in the movie ( [] ) where a rock band performs a song named i (the imaginary number).

Math nerd party game! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212362)

1. Shut up and sit in the corner alone with your drink.

What?! (1)

somegeekynick (1011759) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212364)

Nerds attend parties???

Wear a fence... (1)

slig (1233832) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212378)

and define yourself to be outside!

Don't be daft! (5, Insightful)

Hobbex (41473) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212396)

I've spent the last 11 years at various math institutions and conferences all over the world. I think I qualify as a "math nerd", and I have a PhD to prove it. I find the question dumb, and somewhat insulting.

Firstly the whole idea that their is a single "math nerd" type is ridiculous. Very few mathematicians I know fit into the high pants and thick glasses type. A lot of people at my institution are musicians, several play in rock bands at night, some dance, some are training buffs, one guy I know is combining his PhD with playing professional sports and is on his way to Olympics. While most are still guys, a growing portion are girls: some are straight, some are gay, some are single, quite many are married. In fact the variety is probably the only defining feature I can find.

And when it comes to partying, the only special way I can think of that mathematicians like to party is hard. I can remember from many times the surprise of "numerotypicals" after having partyed till dawn with a bunch of mathematicians. While there are certainly the "study and never leave the lab" types - most math nerds know are more like the opposite. The reason for this is probably that math is high stress occupation (try having as your job to push your mind to the very limit of its ability every day) which tends to lead to hard partying behavior. The stress is also the reason why many mathematicians are creatively worn out by 35-40.

So, seriously, stop the silly patronizing and just organize a good party. With lots of booze.

wait - Hide and Seek! (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212418)

...with Schrödinger's cat.

Oh damn, that's another physics one.

Plus it takes too long to play, and you never can tell if who's won.

Party fun for math nerds (1)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212436)

Tie-Dying classic nerd shirts, for example, would be good. And they could use their old shirts that have had ink leaks on them.

Making your own slide rules could be fun, with a box of wood slats, a few clips, and some permanent markers.

The biggest draw would probably be a bunch of bouncy friendly men and women from a beautician's college, doing scalp massages and stylish hair cuts, would be a big draw.

party? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212458)

News for nerds? WTF? Why is this shit being posted on this site?


Goeland86 (741690) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212468)

I dunno about math nerds, but what my CS prof likes to throw is a party with chinese food and obscure (often German) board games (Lifeboats, No thanks, Starmada, Ricochet Robots, etc...), and that is usually VERY popular with students and other professors here alike.

Make sure you have plenty of drinks, and a LOOOONG table. Of course, if you don't have the board games, then you're screwed. Starmada is produced by Majestic 12, and they have a demo of the rules on their website... It needs miniatures and a hexagonal map, but the miniatures you can buy anywhere, or printout on paper, and you can find a sample hexagonal map you can just duplicate and print a whole bunch...
Just make sure people know it'll be a LONG night.

A few ideas (1)

NoobixCube (1133473) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212472)

First: Pirates and ninjas, the bitterest rivals on the internet. Have everyone come as either a pirate or a ninja, but don't bother evening the sides or anything, just let them choose. Second: Red Dwarf. Drink every time you hear the words "smeg", "git", or "gimboid". Plus any others you can think of. Third: Although it's not math-related, Take turns reading paragraphs of The Eye of Argon The one reading must not laugh.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212474)

A talent show.

As nerds, we like our skills even if we see they don't have pop appeal. To boot we can take organized fun seriously.

Some Atlanta hackers I knew threw the best open mic nights.

Twenty four! (1)

Jeff85 (710722) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212476)

Play 24 [] . But it's almost always a matter of working it to either 6*4 or 8*3.

Many hours of Mathematical fun.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212500)

Calculate pi

Cubin' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23212502)

Try a Rubic's Cube party. Everyone dresses in six articles of clothing that each correspond to a different color of the cube. By the end of the night everyone needs to be wearing only a single color.

Ask Slashdot: How do I get laid? (1)

StealthyRoid (1019620) | more than 6 years ago | (#23212518)

Fantastic. Next week, I expect to see "Ask Slashdot: It still counts if she's drunk when she says yes, right?", followed by "Science: How to make rohypnol".
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