The Philosopher's Stone

By Carl Zimmer | February 17, 2008 12:06 am

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Leigh writes: When I was a PhD student in philosophy, I did a lot of work in philosophy of science. Not science proper, but after all, philosophy was (and is) the beginning of science. ;)Anyway, my tattoo is a riff on the history of both science and philosophy– the hermetic symbols for the Philosopher’s Stone (sulfur + mercury + salt, and some sort of time designation). Yep, that’s right, alchemy.

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Comments (2)

  1. Corey

    I have this same glyph tattooed on my back along with the glyphs for lead and gold. made sense to me being that this is also the glyph for the crimson tincture to turn lead into gold.

  2. You aren’t a Harry Potter fan by any chance are you? =)

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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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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