A love note to Tom Lehrer in the journal Nature.
🔳 Tom Lehrer turns 90 Today! In 1959, mathematician & satirist Tom Lehrer performed what he characteristically called a “completely pointless” scientific song at Harvard University. (He was a PhD student there at the time.) 🔹Listen to ‘The Elements.’
Happy 90th birthday to Tom Lehrer! Enjoy the video of The Elements song and a reminder of classic lyrics like: “‘Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?’/‘That’s not my department,’ says Wernher von Braun”
In celebration of Tom Lehrer, now releasing all his lyrics into the public domain (), from The Vatican Rag to Wernher von Braun. For the mathematical satirist's 90th birthday I commissioned this piece on his links with science: .
Lehrer’s songs, composed over nearly three decades, played with tensions at the nexus of science and society.
Lehrer’s songs, composed over nearly three decades, played with tensions at the nexus of science and society.
I didn’t know about Tom Lehrer until very recently but this is very good. Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire
That genius Tom Lehrer is 90 years old today. Happy Birthday!!
Lehrer’s songs, composed over nearly three decades, played with tensions at the nexus of science and society.
“Things I once thought were funny are scary now. I often feel like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava.” Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire
Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire “The logical mind, the precision, is the same that’s involved in math as in lyrics. It’s like a puzzle, to write a song.”
So many things I did not know about Tom Lehrer.
Tom Lehrer is a genius, and one of my idols. It's interesting that he thinks rhyming “forces novel associations … and becomes a sort of automatic mechanism of originality”. I sometimes feel the same way.
“I often feel like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava.” Tom Lehrer at 90
Doing math, writing music, and conducting a biomedical experiment are all logical attempts to explain the otherwise unexplainable.
Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire - Andrew Robinson celebrates the high notes in the mathematician’s inimitable musical oeuvre via #scicomm #scichat
Tom Lehrer put politics and social comment to song like no one else. He's 90 and quiet now, just when we need him most.
A bonus of being a grad student at MIT in the early 1970s: Tom Lehrer (who taught intro stats) did the music for the Christmas party.
Tom Lehrer is wicked smaht and an absolute riot and will always be one of the most unforgettable artists I have had the pleasure of listening to. Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire
Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire: I had no idea he was still alive.
Tom Lehrer just turned 90, concrats & happy to revisit some all time favs including: Pollution, New Maths, etc. ... and as spring just kicked in, well...
Tom Lehrer is 90 years old. Listen to his song "The Elements" and wait until the end of the song for another version of the elements that is much easier to memorize.
Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire
Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire
"I often feel like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava."--Tom Lehrer
All the people who are surprised yet delighted to learn that Tom Lehrer is actually still alive say HAYYY (oh and also happy birthday)
What would we have done without him? Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire
Humor during a time of highly polarized politics. (Could it happen again?) Tom Lehrer turns 90 this month. (Nature, April 4th 2018)
Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire