I recently came across this article about Tom Lehrer, which inspired me to look at the Wikipaedia entry for him. Lehrer is a former professor of mathematics and musical theatre! Both items make for good reading, if you remember Lehrer and his songs.
If you are not familiar with his songs, I highly recommend them. Here are links to just two of his classics:
The Elements, in which he lists the elements in a very Gilbert-and-Sullivan-like tune.
I think his wittiest song by far is "We will all go together when we go", an anti-war song of the concerns we all had in the early 1960s about possible nuclear holocaust. The ways he divided phrases and even words to keep his rhyming schemes are hilarious and very clever.
I have a feeling I might no longer enjoy Lehrer's political views, but I still admire his brilliance.
If you have some time, it's worth listening to his songs via YouTube, if nothing else.