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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Science Art, March 8, 2012
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I bought this book after hearing Mr. Zimmer speak on Science Friday, and haven't regretted it one bit. It's not just that so many of the tattoos are beautiful and creative, it's the stories about why they were chosen and the meaning they had for people who got them.

The book was actually a very inspiring book about science, too. Every one of these people felt deeply enough about at least one aspect of science that they wanted to wear it on their body forever. The text often used their own words to explain the scientific or personal significance of whatever symbol or equation or formula they'd chosen to use. Those words were often eloquent and powerful, written by people who knew their subject and who were passionate about it.

I also enjoyed the text written by Zimmer. He was informed and clear, and covered the subject without either oversimplifying or using confusing jargon. It was a nice balance, giving the reader a glimpse into the vast world behind each piece of art.

The book is more than just a collection of pictures, though the pictures themselves are worth the price. I felt that the book truly showed how passionate these people were about science and about their tattoos.
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Initial post: Apr 17, 2012 6:59:59 AM PDT
LeeHoFooks says:
Carl Zimmer actually has a BA in English. He's not a Dr, or even a scientist.

That's inspiring in it's own way, I think. You don't need a PhD to promote science.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 12:00:46 PM PDT
Whoops! Thank you so much for the correction. I've edited my review.

"That's inspiring in it's own way, I think. You don't need a PhD to promote science. "

Very well said.

Thanks again.
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