Frivolity

Tom Lehrer on Political Science

Lee Sigelman May 28 '08

For those too young to remember him, Tom Lehrer, an MIT mathematician, wrote and recorded some wonderful songs in the 1950s and 1960s satirizing various aspects of life, politics, and society.

At MIT, Lehrer regularly taught a quantitative methods course for political scientists, and based on that experience he composed a song about political science. (Are there any other songs about political science?) Yes, yes, I know: the name of the song he bintroduces a half-minute or so into this YouTube clip is “Sociology,” not “Political Science,” but it’s really about political science, as he explains.

If this brings back old memories for you, good. If you’re hearing it for the first time, even better.

[Hat tip to Harvey Feigenbaum]