Nerdity at the MIT museum store


Been there. They have some wonderfully nerdulant* stuff, much of which I haven’t seen elsewhere. What did the OP have in mind?

*When I was ay MIT, and encountered the term “nerd” for the first time, they spelled it “gnurd”. The “g”, of course, is silent. It has to be the nerdiest way to spell “nerd” there is.

If they were Free Software or Linux gnurds, they would have pronounced the g: “g’nurd”.

Let me see if I can restore the intended spacing:

  E     ____   PV
----- \/ -1   ----
 c^2           nR

Does that look about right, now?

Renders fine here… so paying attention in class is inflated to nerdity?

It bothers me on a typesetting level. Perhaps replace the square root of negative one with


but then you run into the problem that V and R represent different things in different terms.

Is this gonna be on the test?

Oh for fucks sake, just set that shit = 0 and that’s half your problem solved right there.

(Christ, people, read a friggin’ book sometime in this century)

That gnurd’s got some gnurve.

This was before Linux and Free Software. Sounds like the people there copied the MIT spelling but not the pronunciation.

So…I’m guessing that last element resolves to ‘t’? It’s the only one I don’t recognize, and that seems to be where the other two are headed…

Sure; it’s just supposed to be the combined ideal gas law. You often/typically see ‘T’ rather than ‘t’ for the temperature.

Heh. My sister in law gave me that shirt - after I immediately figured it out, of course.

Hari, did you go to the museum or was this in the catalog or the online store? We had our 20th reunion dinner in it, which was great.

Dankeshoen. I have learned something new. (Which probably will not stick, but hey…)

I have a T-shirt with that one it. I often wear it to teach. I’m surprised how many people can get the M and I and can’t even guess what the last letter is even knowing me.

However, my favorite shirt to wear says


Ha! Got it right off. Also OldGuy’s shirt.

Because of cultural environment I was unaware of the English term “nerd” until I first set foot in a stateside college. Did not embrace it at first but I came around as I realized it is quite flexible as you can be one in many different fields.

I tried to extrude some tin/silver alloy wire but ran into a little problem.