Set Talk
Apologies for this post being slightly belated I have been rather busy with work and family stuff recently as well as the fact I seem to have misplaced my notes from this lecture by I'll fill you in on what I can and maybe add bits later. I'll Also fill you in on all the cool things thawt the Warwick Maths Society as this talk was organised by them!
Set Talk
So what is "Set"?
Set is a card game where each card had a an image whose attributes can be as follows:
Attribute

Values

Shape

{oval, diamond, squiggle}

Number

{one, two, three}

Shading

{striped, solid, open}

Color

{red, green, purple}

12 cards are laid out in a grid and the aim is to find sets of 3 cards such that each of the attributes are the same for all 3 cards or different for 3 cards.
For example:
If now such set exists three more cards are delt out and the game continues.
Now there are loads of mathematical questions one can ask, some more obvious than other.
For example:
 How many sets are possible in general?
 Given a card, how many set can be formed including that card?
 How many cards must be delt so that we are guarenteed to have a set?
The last of the above questions leads on to the study of "cap sets"of finite fields; a subject which also has some open questions. If you are interested you can find out more:
 https://gowers.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/whatisdifficultaboutthecapsetproblem/
 http://terrytao.wordpress.com/2007/02/23/openquestionbestboundsforcapsets/
Warwick Maths Society
So the Warwick Maths Society is a student run society which is free to join (assuming you've joined the SU societies federation) and does a wide range or both social and academic event.
So the academic side they organise/provide:
 Maths Cafe
 LaTex Classes
 Revision Guides
 Talks
As well as a tons of social events which include:
 The "Integrating Factor"
 Bar Crawls
 Board Games Evenings
 Summer BBQ
 And for the first time this year.... the Maths Society Ball