Things That Come Together (By Falling Apart)

By Carl Zimmer | April 23, 2008 2:31 pm

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Abigail writes:

“My first year of college, I wanted to be an English major, and I took Intro Chemistry to fill the science requirement. The brief unit on thermodynamics made me fall totally in love. Entropy made sense to me – scientifically, philosophically. I became a Chemistry major and love every second of it. I got the tattoo to mark my rite of passage – Entropy going both ways, with its symble delta-S in the middle, all supported in the roots of Yggdrasil, the world-tree of Norse mythology (harking back to my English-lit days).”

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  1. Requiem | The Loom | Discover Magazine | August 19, 2008
  1. Tamara Thomas

    Abigail is my daughter. I was with her when she got this tattoo last March, several months after she turned 18, while she was attending Reed College in Portland. It was an adventure for both of us. She came home for the summer in May, and four days later was in a fatal car accident.
    I will be getting this same tattoo next week – Abigail’s personal design – from the same artist. It will memorialize both my daughter and her intellect and passion for science and philosophy.
    The world has lost an incredible mind. Thank you Mr. Zimmer for displaying this artwork and sharing it with visitors to this site.

  2. Tamara Thomas

    I’m so sorry the ‘Requiem’ link above was broken. Some wonderful things were said … Abigail continues to be an inspiration to many, both at home and at college. What a blessing she was – and is.

  3. Owlmirror

    Strange that the link would be broken. But this should work:

    I offer my condolences as well, as long as I’m posting this.

  4. Kevin

    What a beautiful tattoo. It captured my attention among many tattoos as soon as I stumbled upon this website. The tattoo reminds me of illustrations in pre-20th century science books, where science, philosophy and art are often indistinguishable. Ars longs, vita brevis, your legacy will live on and continue to inspire.


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

About Carl Zimmer

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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