Brain Hieroglyph

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 8:19 am

brain hier“I am a neuroscientist. As a graduate student, after successfully passing my qualifying exam, I celebrated by getting this tattoo. It is the hieroglyphic for the word “brain”. It is the earliest written reference to the brain dating back to the 17th century BC. I am convinced that the brain is the greatest mystery in the universe! “–Jason Trageser

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Comments (2)

  1. ZENimilian

    As far as I can tell, those hieroglyphs spell AIZ. Period (.) included. So… Is AIZ ancient Egyptian for brain?

  2. Dan

    Yes, it is.
    You can find it in the “Theaurus Linguae Aegyptia” (German):


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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