Science Ink by Carl Zimmer
Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Body art meets popular science in this elegant, mind-blowing collection, written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer. This fascinating book showcases hundreds of eye-catching tattoos that pay tribute to various scientific disciplines, from evolutionary biology and neuroscience to mathematics and astrophysics, and 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.

About Carl Zimmer

See more books from this Author
Carl Zimmer is a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches writing about science and the environment. He is the author of numerous books, including Microcosm; Parasite Rex; Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea; At the Water’s Edge; and Soul Made Flesh. His numerous essays and articles on the life sciences have appeared in the pages of the New York Times, Scientific American, Discover, Time, Science, Popular Science, and National Geographic. His work has been anthologized in both The Best American Science Writing and The Best American Science and Nature Writing series.
Published January 1, 2011 by Sterling. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Arts & Photography, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Science Ink

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Divided into 13 sections, the book is filled with breathtaking color photos accompanied by grounding texts: Portuguese geneticist Dônovan Fereira Rodrigues, who got Isaac Newton’s “shoulders of giants” quote inked on his back, tells the story behind the phrase;

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Science Ink: Tattoos of the S...


Specifically, tattoos that scientists, science students and science enthusiasts have affixed to their bodies out of a love of, or a connection to, a particular scientific concept.

Dec 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Science Ink: Tattoos of the S...

Science News

“Without intending it,” Zimmer writes, “I became a curator of tattoos, a scholar of science ink.” In the book’s tattoo collection, an astronomer carries a whole galaxy on his foot, and Schrödinger’s cat is frozen, forever dead and alive, on a forearm.

Dec 02 2011 | Read Full Review of Science Ink: Tattoos of the S...

Reader Rating for Science Ink

An aggregated and normalized score based on 29 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review