When Abby and Tim play the "Elements Song," they attribute it to a famous mathematics professor who penned it in the 1950s. In reality, the melody is a standardized theme used repeatedly in almost all of the British "Gilbert & Sullivan" operas from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. It is widely accepted in academic circles that the math professor, who was a real person, specifically utilized the tune for memorization purposes.
The "elements song " as played by Abby and McGee, was an early version! The music was a Gilbert and Sullivan song, but a Harvard professor took the names of the elements and added then! As the years went by, he would and the new elements! The professor was Tom Lehrer!