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Tom Lehrer at 90: A Life of Scientific Satire


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Tom Lehrer, 1965

Tom Lehrer performing in San Francisco, California, in 1965.

Credit: Ted Streshinsky/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty

In 1959, the mathematician and satirist Tom Lehrer—who turns 90 this month—performed what he characteristically called a "completely pointless" scientific song at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (He was a PhD student there at the time.)

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