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  • Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science & the City

      • Registration Closed

    How much do you love science? Enough to get it permanently inked on your skin?

    Join award-winning science journalist and New York Academy of Sciences regular Carl Zimmer for a talk on his latest book, Science Ink, which showcases over 300 tattoos dedicated to the pursuit of science.

    Tattoos have been a part of human culture as far back as Neolithic times. Scientists have uncovered tattoos on mummified ancients from Western China to Egypt to Scandanavia. And the subjects of those tattoos vary as much as the cultures—from elaborate animal and organic designs to simple graphic designs thought to have therapeutic qualities. In more modern times in the Western world, tattoos came into vogue in the late 1800s when British elites began to tattoo themselves—both Winston Churchill and his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had tattoos. And today, it's clear that in American culture, tattoos have had a resurgence in popularity.

    Choosing what to mark your body with permanently is a source of much conversation and consternation. And as Carl Zimmer discovered after a blog post asking about science tattoos, there is a passionate group of people who made the choice to ink themselves with science.

    In this special event, Zimmer will speak about the science and history of tattooing, and offer highlights from his book Science Ink, which features a gallery of scientific tattoos, spanning fields from evolutionary biology and neuroscience to mathematics and astrophysics. In addition, Zimmer is inviting a handful of those featured in the book to come and share the compelling personal stories behind their ink.

    Come meet the people, learn about the science, and share your own tattoo stories and images, science-related or not.

    A reception will follow.

    Registration Pricing

    Member: $15
    Student / Postdoc / Fellow Member: $10
    Nonmember: $25
    Student / Postdoc / Fellow Nonmember: $20
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