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So I was just thinking as I watched Leon this:

Do you really need to be good at maths to be a geek?

So i've always been terrible at maths. I was bottom in my maths class and still am terrible with numbers. My teachers always told me I would never be good with computers and that I would fail University because of my bad maths. Although I still managed to pass my comp sci degree (with the aid of a private maths tutor!) but have since forgotten all that maths.

Just food for thought.

asked Feb 15 '11 at 15:56

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You mean a computer geek right ? There are many different types of geeks so be specific . There are computer geeks , game geeks , wine geeks , physics geeks , MATH GEEKS and many other . If you mean computer geek , i think maths are not essential although someone who is good at maths may be able to solv tasks better and quicker an then be a better computer geek . For example , I am very good at Maths , Physics and i love computers so i am a Maths geek , Physics geek and computers geek.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 16:15

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I dont think it matters if you're good at math or not. I think that to be a geek you have to know a lot about technology and just use your head and reason.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 16:00

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"My teachers always told me I would never be good with computers and that I would fail University because of my bad maths."

This might be the biggest load of **** ever. Why would anyone who's bad in math not be good with computers and fail university? If I go study biology in university I don't need math...

Did they ever care to explain?

answered Feb 15 '11 at 15:59

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edited Feb 15 '11 at 16:00

Well, we did have a pretty hard maths module to do. It was a core module I think too. I.e one you have to pass to progress. I had to hire a private tutor so I could pass.

Plus I dunno, ever since school my tutors and my parents have always told me it would hold me back. So far it's not! (The economic recession is!)

(Feb 15 '11 at 16:03) SignOff SignOff's gravatar image

Well, you passed, so your teachers were wrong! ;)

(Feb 15 '11 at 16:05) Hanhart Hanhart's gravatar image

To be a geek is to be really into something, no matter what it is, whether its video games, or tech, or computers, or math, or music etc.! I am a music geek, I suck at math and I am only okay at using computers lol. Some food for thought there!

answered Feb 15 '11 at 16:18

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If the question had been, do you need maths to be a Programmer Geek? - I would have replied in the affirmative - there are way too many "programmers" who are really hacks - I can script/hack etc, but after 2 years struggling through advanced programming it was the lack of Math background that led me to the realization that all of the REALLY talented people both undergrad and honors had strong math skills. Give a problem to solve algorithmically to me and I could hack something up in a week or two probably horribly inefficient, but will work mostly.

For them, a problem like that takes 5-20 mins of thinking about, and a few minutes to knock up the most efficient and correct solution to.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 16:28

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Allow me to direct you to http://www.geekcode.com/geek.html The Geek Code, it's an old website and an old "game" of sorts, but it will allow you to comprehend at least a good extent of what being a geek can entail.

Also, if you can find the diagram that depicts the difference/similarities of "geek", "nerd", and "Dweeb" - a geek is best described as having "obsession" and "intelligence"... and obsession can just be a harsh word for passion, haha. I have a passion for design and technology, and I have intelligence. I am a geek (more specifically: Art and Computer Media Geek), and my math skills are lacking. A Nerd, according to the diagram, is someone who is socially awkward and has intelligence. A Dweeb is one who is socially awkward and has obsession.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 17:36

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edited Feb 15 '11 at 17:36

I don't think so :), I think been a geek will be more your interest in technology.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 17:38

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Math is the universal language. Communicating w/Aliens & UFO's is improved if you know math skills according to most SCI-FY flicks anyway. I have a master's degree and so need to know more MATH because I'm taking the GRE for my Ph.D in something that has nothing to do w/math.

It's comply or die till then. OR till end of summer when I'll know if I'm accepted. Plan B is to demonstrate w/EXCEL my abilities to work statistics, metanalysis, & analytics. Also, I may have to buy Brainetics. Have you seen this program. Little kids working huge math problems in secs. Like any language, it takes practice. Good luck!

answered Feb 15 '11 at 21:56

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I suck at math! Always have. Sucked at science classes too. In my high school we had ONE computer and I wasn't allowed to use it because I didn't take chemistry! (go figger on that one!)

Anyway, I still suck at math, but that didn't keep me from getting a computer science degree. I should go back to that school and show those nuns you don't need to take chemistry or math to be good with computers!

answered Feb 16 '11 at 00:36

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It depends what kind of geek you are, a good mathematical mind is certainly useful for programmers

answered Feb 16 '11 at 11:14

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