If you have ever thought of having an image of the double helix imprinted on your forearm or buttocks, this is the book for you. We should note however that the science-minded men and women represented in this weirdly arresting illustrated book have tattoos that go far behind decorative DNA diagrams. Listen for example, as software designer Zermelo-Fraenkel talks about his arm-covering tat: "This tattoo is the Zermelo-Fraenkel with Choice axioms of set theory. From these nine axioms, one can derive all of mathematics."
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessedby Carl Zimmer
Body art meets popular science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection, written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer. Showcasing hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and neuroscience to mathematics and astrophysics, Science Ink reveals the stories of the individuals who chose to inscribe their obsessions in their skin. Best of all, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for bestselling essayist and lecturer Zimmer to reflect on the science in question, whether it's the importance of an image of Darwin's finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist.
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Meet the Author
Carl Zimmer is a journalist and lecturer on science writing at Yale University. His numerous critically praised books include Parasite Rex (Atria Books), which the LA Times called “capable of changing how we see the world”; Soul Made Flesh (Atria Books), one of the top 100 books of 2004, according to the New York Times Book Review; and Microcosm (Vintage), which the Boston Globe called “superb … quietly revolutionary.” He writes for countless publications, including the New York Times and Scientific American, and regularly appears on radio (including on Fresh Air and This American Life) and on TV. His blog, The Loom, is regularly cited as one of the web's best science blogs. He lives in Guilford, CT.
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I am heavily tattooed and hate most tattoo books and magazines because they are predictable and all the same. This one is neither. Showcasing science related tattoos that are incredibly unique and beautiful, this book reminds me that there are intelligent people out there still. Great buy!