Author(s): Carl Zimmer; Mary Roach (Foreword by)
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.
"Carl Zimmer is one of the best science writers we have today." --Rebecca Skloot, author of the bestselling The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
"Zimmer brilliantly animates the intoxicating passions of science lovers in perfectly precise, perfectly poetic short stories." --Jad Abumrad, host of the award-winning Radiolab
"Reveals the great ideas and deep passion for science in some of the most creative body art on the planet today." --Neil Shubin, author of the bestselling Your Inner Fish
"Every page of this book is a delight. Be dazzled by the images, wowed by the formulas, and inspired by the stories behind them all." --Sean Carroll, author of From Eternity to Here
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.