Crystallography in High Heels #scienceink

By Carl Zimmer | October 12, 2011 9:52 am

Josephine Schuppang of Technical University in Berlin writes,

I was pointed to your blog when I talked to a friend about my newest tattoo. He told me that you are collecting scientific tattoos. I didn’t even know there were other people who did that sort of thing. You bet my tattoo artist looked strangely at me for my request.

So attached find a picture of my tattoo of Bragg’s Law. It is along the side of my left foot and shows nicely in my favorite pair of heels.

I studied Physics, and although I wanted to go in to Astronomy I got lost a bit and landed in Crystallography, which has a long history here in Berlin.  Last year I wrote my thesis on the transmission electron microscopy of nitride semiconductors. After my defense I wanted to get a tattoo to remember this occasion. But all the formulas I did use were too long and complex to use, and all the images I took wouldn’t have worked.

So I decided on a fundamental formula, Bragg’s Law. It is important for electron diffraction, so that fits. And I have always liked the Bragg story, the father-son tag team of physics and the fact that William Lawrence Bragg was only 25 when they got their Nobel Prize.

 

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed will be published on November 1, 2011. (“Breathtaking”Publisher’s Weekly)

Click here to view the Science Tattoo Emporium

 

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  1. Caring For A New Tattoo | Girls Tattoo Designs | October 14, 2011
  1. This tattoo looks something unique since everyone know that it is a mathematics formula and Bragg’s Law is the scientific law but using this law as a tattoo is much more unique than the law

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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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