#scienceink update: The New York Times does a slide show, and New Scientist approves

By Carl Zimmer | November 7, 2011 6:05 pm

Two pieces of Science Ink related news:

1. The New York Times put together a slide show from the book (including several tattoos that I haven’t published on the blog). Check it out.

2. New Scientist offered this kind review (sub’n required):

“When Carl Zimmer asked on his blog whether tattoos were common among scientists, he unwittingly became the curator of a set of incredible images, and of intimate stories that reveal a love affair with science. We are familiar with the idea that people tattoo themselves with a name or symbol representing the great love in their life. Those who love science are no different. Zimmer was inundated with responses.

“Many are literal representations of a scientist’s obsession with their profession:a tree of life covering a zoology graduate’s back, or a cross section through a mountain chain for a geology student. Others tell more personal stories, such as the neuroscientist with a tattoo of the type of nerve cell that is damaged in Lou Gehrig’s disease, which killed her father. This book gathers up the marvels of science that have touched people so deeply they wanted to embody them. Zimmer’s explanations of these concepts turns what could have been a gimmicky coffee-table picture book into an informative guide to some of the most captivating ideas in science.”

[Update: Links fixed]

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Comments (2)

  1. Elizabeth
  2. Only just come across this fantastic collection! Will be trying to get a copy of the book – available in South Africa/UK? Also is it still possible to submit tattoos and stories to the blog? I love sharing mine :)

    Great idea!



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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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