Watch singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician Tom Lehrer perform The Elements live from Copenhagen in 1967. Set to the melodyI Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, it challenges the speed at which you can recite all of the elements known in the early-1960s.

Read more about Tom Lehrer here, buy The Elements on Amazon, or watch Daniel Radcliffe sing it on the Graham Norton Show:


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