"a mind trained by academia into almost fractal subtlety" Matt Sinclair of Sinclairs Musings
"I am the wisest man alive for I know one thing and that is that I know nothing" Socrates
A great man who didn't broadcast many songs- here live singing of Werner von Braun. A great song as well- take it away Mr Lehrer!
Great stuff; the man's a genius. Gave away show business to study mathematics - that, I would tentatively suggest, just might be unique.
He is fantastic- amongst my favourites- I wish he had done more despite the mathematics- because some of them are brilliant. The Vatican Rag is stunning and poisoning pigeons in the park great as well.
A genius indeed. Thank you for reminding me of him.
Thanks so much for digging this up, Henry - Tom Lehrer is fantastic, and I had never seen a video of him...So far as I know, he didn't entirely give up show biz for mathematics - his last academic job (at the Univesity of California, Santa Fe??), was a joint appointment in mathematics and... performance studies!Now that I'm back from blogging exile, I've linked to the Lehrer clip and added a clip from the equally brilliant Georg Kreisler (in German, I'm afraid...) over at aeuropeanview
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