NATURE: Tom Lehrer at 90: a life of scientific satire

        Lehrer -- who grew up on New York City's Upper East Side --
        certainly sees a connection between his mathematical training,
        which began at Harvard at the prodigiously young age of 14,
        and his compositions. He was drawn to songwriting in his
        teens; after failing to respond to classical-music training,
        he switched to the study of popular music. In an interview in
        2000, he summed up the fields' dual impact. "The logical mind,
        the precision, is the same that's involved in math as in
        lyrics," he said. "It's like a puzzle, to write a song."

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Tom Lehrer turns 90 in just a few days. For many of us, life just
wouldn't have been the same without him!

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