**Life as a Mathematician**

Tom Lehrer was one of the most
brilliant people of his time, and he was always intrigued by mathematics. But
Tom Lehrer wasn't a traditional mathematician. He didn't invent a new branch of
math or new theory, but rather had an idea that influenced the way math was
taught. He also isn't famous because of his mathematical contributions, but
instead because of the brilliant songs he composed in the 50s and 60s.

His mathematical contributions were songs that he composed that influenced the way mathematics, and other school subjects were taught at schools all over the world. Two of his most famous mathematical songs are New Math and That’s Mathematics. New Math compared an old math teaching style to a new math teaching style, and That’s Mathematics explained different situations in which mathematics is used. He most likely composed songs like this, because he was a teacher himself, and because he loved to compose humorous songs about math.

He also helped make two mathematical publications. One of them is called the distribution of the number of locally maximal elements in a random sample, and another is called Random walks with restraining barrier as applied to the biased binary counter. Unfortunately these mathematical publications did not have a lasting effect on society. But they were important enough to be listed as one of his achievements.

Tom Lehrer is a brilliant man, but he's never won any prizes or awards, nor is there anything mathematical named after him. He does have a few memorable quotes though, such as his most famous one, "It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years", but other than that the only other lasting memories he has are his songs. One of his most famous songs “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”, is one of the things he's been remembered most for. Though, for the most part Tom Lehrer has stayed out of the spotlight ever since his musical career ended. He continued teaching, but he didn't try to attract attention to himself, he even tried to spread rumors that he's dead to cut down on the junk mail. But in actuality Tom Lehrer is alive and well, and he's living happily, spending half a year in Cambridge, and the other half in Santa Cruz.

His mathematical contributions were songs that he composed that influenced the way mathematics, and other school subjects were taught at schools all over the world. Two of his most famous mathematical songs are New Math and That’s Mathematics. New Math compared an old math teaching style to a new math teaching style, and That’s Mathematics explained different situations in which mathematics is used. He most likely composed songs like this, because he was a teacher himself, and because he loved to compose humorous songs about math.

He also helped make two mathematical publications. One of them is called the distribution of the number of locally maximal elements in a random sample, and another is called Random walks with restraining barrier as applied to the biased binary counter. Unfortunately these mathematical publications did not have a lasting effect on society. But they were important enough to be listed as one of his achievements.

Tom Lehrer is a brilliant man, but he's never won any prizes or awards, nor is there anything mathematical named after him. He does have a few memorable quotes though, such as his most famous one, "It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years", but other than that the only other lasting memories he has are his songs. One of his most famous songs “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”, is one of the things he's been remembered most for. Though, for the most part Tom Lehrer has stayed out of the spotlight ever since his musical career ended. He continued teaching, but he didn't try to attract attention to himself, he even tried to spread rumors that he's dead to cut down on the junk mail. But in actuality Tom Lehrer is alive and well, and he's living happily, spending half a year in Cambridge, and the other half in Santa Cruz.