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Science Ink #1 – The Solar System

Exciting announcement, Secret Lifers. This season, we invite you to look at a whole new side of scientists, one that many keep hidden under those draping lab coats: science tattoos. We’ll be featuring eye-popping images from the acclaimed science writer Carl Zimmer’s book, “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed,” along with reflections from the book on how each image relates to the scientist’s life and discipline.

Hear that? It’s the sound of science getting cooler than it already is.

Photo and Text Courtesy of “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed” by Carl Zimmer

Whenever I went to the library, my mother always said, “Why don’t you get some kids books instead of planet books?” says Ira Klotzko, who grew up to get a Ph.D. in physics and start a software company.

Check out more tattoos in “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed” by Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer

    Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for the New York Times and magazines such as Discover, where he is a contributing editor and columnist. He is the author of twelve books, the most recent of which is “Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.” His website is