I might be the last one to the party on this, but I have recently discovered the eccentric musical world of Tom Lehrer, and what a wonderful world it is.
More nerdy tunes after the jump.
A Harvard-educated math professor, Lehrer wrote and performed hilarious songs on topics ranging from math and science to philosophy and current events, showcased most famously on the NBC show That Was the Week That Was in 1965. Officially retiring from music in the late sixties, he continues to teach math at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Another mathematical gem (apologies for the low volume):
A bit of religious tongue-in-cheek humor, which got the Catholic church up in arms at the time:
Lehrer’s influence is widespread and enduring, acting as inspiration to people like musical satirist Weird Al, SETI scientist H. Paul Shuch, and, apparently, a certain young British actor:
I was never all that interested Daniel Radcliffe’s work before, but I may have just fallen in love.