Carl Zimmer is a blogger and writer for both The New York Times and Discover Magazine, which also hosts his blog, The Loom. Zimmer writes on a wide range of scientific topics. He is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed. When Zimmer asked on his blog how many scientists out there had tattoos, he was inundated with photo submissions and commentary, which he has collected into the neat book you can see and order below. It’s our pleasure to share some of them…
Spaceman Bobby writes,
I am a Rocket Scientist (friends named me that, more like Mechanical Engineer) and an Amatuer Astronomer. Got this tattoo on my inner right arm, since the science inside of me is screaming to come out. Going to get another related tattoo on my left inner arm next year. Not really going much further than that (as far as I know).
“A twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop.”
This is the Mobius tattoo. A scientific calculation that can be used in Astrophysics to describe a closed system if gravity is strong enough to bend spacetime into a loop. Basically meaning that if you travel far enough, you will end up where you began without really knowing it.
This is my first tattoo and it turned out great. This is on the inside of my right bicep. I will be adding another space or scientific tattoo to my other bicep next year. And yes… certain parts of the tattoo process hurt like a son of a gun…
Click here to buy his book: Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.