I think I’m safe in saying that all chemistry students know (or should know!) this song. It’s one of my favourites, and I think it only fair that you, as molecular biologists, should also get to know it. First recorded back in 1959, Tom Lehrer was Professor of Math at Harvard University who went on to write many more humorous songs throughout the 60’s. As someone once suggested, “they should name the next element Lehrerium” and I couldn’t agree more.
And so, with much alliteration and no particular relation to the ordering of the periodic table, I present a stunning rendition of “The Element Song” . By the way, I still have the vinyl copy!
We all know them. You might even be one. The Lab Bastard is the one who considers himself (or herself!) superior to all other mere mortals in the lab. He would never degrade his talent by doing communal jobs in the lab, but swans around, absolutely sure that his experiments are most important and his […]
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