Subatomic Doodling

By Carl Zimmer | May 19, 2008 7:48 am


Zach writes:

“It is a half sleeve up my upper right arm based around an image taken by one of the CERN bubble chambers. It is based on this image. I first saw that image my freshman year of college. It had the sublime, simple beauty that only something made of math and science can have. It stuck with me for 8 more years before I actually decided to get it etched into me. Oddly enough, on Valentine’s Day. I guess it was my Valentine’s to physics and science. Oh, and when people ask who drew it, I always respond ‘God.'”

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Comments (5)

  1. Jess

    Science is so beautiful. What a great idea for a tattoo, I love it!

  2. Mia

    absolutely beautiful!

    I love it also


  3. Amelia

    This is one of the most beautiful, holy tattoos I have ever seen.

  4. eddy fajardo

    zach ultimately EVERYTHING can be reduced to or thought of in terms of “pure” math and science if thats what you want to do-its just whether or not you can describe the phenomena in those terms and if you choose to. for me even the most simple things dwarf the conceptual net my mind is always swinging at everything and i actually prefer this-to be caught up into the whirlwind of awe and ecstasy of the dance, the Presence of the “natural” world in the same way we did when we were animals.

  5. stib

    You lost me at “God”


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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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