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Science Ink:
Tattoos of the
Science Obsessed

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About the Book:

In 2007, Carl Zimmer posed a question on his blog: are scientists hiding tattoos of their science? It turned out that many of them were, and they were willing to share their ink with him and the world. Zimmer has posted hundreds of these images in the years since.  In Science Ink, he assembles his favorite images from his blog, along with previously unpublished ones, and writes about the science behind the pictures, and the scientists behind the science. From archaeology to astronomy, from neuroscience to chemistry, Science Ink is a guide to the universe, illustrated on the bodies of scientists.

Praise for Science Ink:

"An awesome damn book"
--The Verge

"Zimmer brilliantly animates the intoxicating passions of science lovers in perfectly precise, perfectly poetic short stories." 
--Jad Abumrad, host of "RadioLab" and winner of a Macarthur "genius" grant

"How apt: the most enduring ideas in science translated into that most enduring personal art—the tattoo. Science Ink marries mind and body, and Zimmer reveals the beauty that motivates so many scientists."
–Sam Kean, author of The Disappearing Spoon

"After spending long hours at the computer, in the lab or field, science has a way of getting under your skin. Science Ink reveals the great ideas and deep passion for science revealed in some of the most creative body art on the planet today. This is a book to revel on the best ideas and discoveries in science and of the passion scientists have for their life's work."
–Neil Shubin, University of Chicago, author of Your Inner Fish

"Here is to be found the evidence that scores of intelligent and intellectually perceptive young people recognise that equations, symbols and structures are the key constituents of the elegant language through which the Universe reveals its deeply buried and wondrous secrets. It is a great pleasure to see this compendium of truly moving personal statements about the sciences, collected in this superb book."
–Sir Harry Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

"Every page of this book is a delight. Be dazzled by the images, wowed by the formulas, and inspired by the stories behind them all." 
--Sean Carroll, author of From Eternity to Here