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Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessedby Carl Zimmer
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Body art meets popular science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection, written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer. Showcasing hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and neuroscience to mathematics and astrophysics, Science Ink reveals the stories of the individuals who chose to inscribe their obsessions in their skin. Best of all, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for bestselling essayist and lecturer Zimmer to reflect on the science in question, whether it's the importance of an image of Darwin's finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist.
"Noting a colleague's DNA-inspired tattoo at a pool party, science writer Zimmer (A Planet of Viruses) wondered how widespread the phenomenon of the inked scientist was. He solicited pictures for his blog, 'The Loom,' and, inundated with photos and stories from scientists and laypeople alike, quickly became a curator of science-inspired body art. Mary Roach's foreword lays out why, given the passion with which so many approach their fields, it should be no surprise to encounter this worldwide tribe whose obsessed love for every far-flung corner of science's domain was marked permanently on their bodies. Divided into 13 sections, the book is filled with breathtaking color photos accompanied by grounding texts: Portuguese geneticist DÃ´novan Fereira Rodrigues, who got Isaac Newton's 'shoulders of giants' quote inked on his back, tells the story behind the phrase; August Kekule's 'discovery' of benzene's structure inspired Virginia pharmacology PhD. Jeffrey Ikeda; a tattoo of Nikola Tesla's visions of a wireless future lies on the arm of Abraham Orozco, the science director of a children's community center in L.A. Genetics, neuroscience, and evolution (Darwin gets his own section) form the book's modern cornerstones and the tattoos range from full back pieces and sleeves to little — often concealable — personal reminders. Encyclopedic in essence, Zimmer's coffee-table art book presents a wealth of material." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Body art meets popular science in this mind-blowing collection, which showcases hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, along with personal stories of the individuals who inscribed their obsessions in their skin. Best of all, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for renowned bestselling essayist Carl Zimmer to reflect on the science in question.
About the Author
Carl Zimmer is a journalist and lecturer on science writing at Yale University. His numerous critically praised books include Parasite Rex (Atria Books), which the LA Times called “capable of changing how we see the world”; Soul Made Flesh (Atria Books), one of the top 100 books of 2004, according to the New York Times Book Review; and Microcosm (Vintage), which the Boston Globe called “superb … quietly revolutionary.” He writes for countless publications, including the New York Times and Scientific American, and regularly appears on radio (including on Fresh Air and This American Life) and on TV. His blog, The Loom, is regularly cited as one of the web's best science blogs. He lives in Guilford, CT.
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