Nernst-Einstein-Planck (1931)
A 1931 meeting of the minds "thermodynamics" dinner party photoExternal link icon (c)showing, from left to right, thermodynamics founders: Walther Nernst, Albert Einstein, and Max Planck, following by Robert Millikan, grinning, noted for his famous 1909 electron charge determining oil drop experiment, at the house of host Max von Laue, noted relativistic thermodynamics pioneer; in the photo collage can be seen: Ludwig Boltzmann and Rudolf Clausius among others.
In terminology, party refers to either a social gathering or a person or group taking one side of a question, dispute, contest, or government policy (e.g. political party). [1]

Parties tend to be good in that, in theory, they tend to loosen up existing bond status quos, giving minds a window of free time to think, similar to the genius hiatus effect, thereafter giving people opportunities to transition, per transition state theory, into new reaction trajectories.

Tea party
On 19 Oct 1806, Goethe married Christiane Vulpius (1765-1816), the mother to his sixteen-year-old son August Goethe (1789-1830), albeit a women of lowly origins; shortly thereafter, the first time the pair were seen in public together was at a tea party at the house of Johanna Schopenhauer (1766-1838), mother of then aged-18 budding philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.

Dinner party
A 1613 dinner party (Ѻ) conversation on the topic of whether “the world is established and cannot be moved”, as stated in the Bible, between the Duke of Tuscany, the Duchess of Tuscany, the person who gave Galileo Galilei his professorship, Benedetto Castelli, a physics professor, and Cosimo Boscaglia, a philosophy professor, ended with Boscaglia accusing Galileo of heresy, because moving earth theory, data for which he was gathering via his new telescope, in support of Nicolaus Copernicus’ 1543 heliocentric model, conflicts with Biblical stationary earth theory (i.e. Anunian theology Geb-centric [geocentric] theory of Heliopolis creation myth); Galileo was eventually tried in 1633 and convicted of heresy, made to recant his views, and put under house arrest for the remainder of his days.

A general party is type of no-rules celebration for the sake of fun, excitement, and letting go, so to speak, not necessarily focused superficially on anything in particular, such as "tea" or "dinner", that will tend to involved 3 or more people.

Dancing | Dirac dancing anecdote
Thims (partying)
Top (left): American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims partying (c.1995) at the Flats, Cleveland, Ohio, which at that time was the biggest group of dance clubs in the US, at about the time he began to conceive of human chemical thermodynamics. Top (middle): Thims at a birthday party (10 May 2014) at the Mark II lounge, Chicago. Top (right): Thims at 4th annual summer party doing countdown (see: video) of two girls about to jump out of cake for crazy Carl's 21st birthday at the stroke of midnight (Aug 2014). Bottom (left): Thims’ 3rd annual volley ball, bonfire, dunk tank and s’mores summer party (19 Aug 2013). Bottom (right): Thims at (Ѻ) North Shore Chicago beach mansion birthday party (10 Apr 2016).
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In 1929, mid August, Werner Heisenberg and Paul Dirac, after each had given a series of lectures in Robert Oppenheimer’s department at the University of California, Berkeley, set off from San Francisco on a two-week cruise to Japan, during which time Heisenberg was “conventionally hedonistic”, as Graham Farmelo reports, likely partying and dancing with the flapper girls. Heisenberg long remembers Dirac looking on quizzically and asking: [3]

“Why do you dance?”

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A rage is when parties tend to get rather wild, often involving at or above 100 or more people, many times in the 1000s of people.

In 2009, Mark Janes, on a whim invitation to a Halloween party, dressed up as “Mr. Carbon Atom ”, which was a hit, and also indicative of his new philosophy.

The following are related quotes:

“A little party never hurt anyone.”
Scott Fitzgerald (1922), The Great Gatsby (Ѻ)

“You don't describe a tea party by quantum mechanics.”
Niels Bohr (c.1950), attributed to Bohr by Howard Pattee, 2013 [2]

1. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (2000).
2. (a) Pattee, Howard. (2013). "Thread post" (Ѻ), Mar 8; quote conceptualized (or having been stated as a matter of fact by Bohr) as representative of the supposed reductio ad absurdum (reduction to absurdity) ideology of reductionism; which Pattee conceives as being embodied in his 1973 quote: “since human organizations are staffed by human beings, and since human beings are biological organisms, it might be argued that my research problem is indeed biological. And since biological organisms are constructed from molecules, and those molecules from atoms, and the atoms from elementary particles—all obeying the laws of quantum mechanics—it might even be argued that research on human organizations is merely a rather baroque branch of physics.” [2]
(b) Pattee, Howard. (1973). Hierarch Theory: the Challenge of Complex Systems (pg. 3). G. Braziller.
3. Farmelo, Graham. (2009). The Strangest Man: the Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom (pgs. 163-64). Basic Books.

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