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15 Science Nerd Tattoos You Need a PhD To Appreciate

April 12, 2017 10.4k votes 2.3k voters 177.8k views15 items

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People express their love of science, reason, and exploration in a multitude of ways. Some watch Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson on TV. Some actually get out there and perform experiments and conduct research. But others get science tattoos with funny meanings. Nerdy science tattoos are a great way to express your personality and show off your IQ at the same time. Sure, there are nerd tattoos you need a PhD to get, but that just makes them more fun.

Despite their heady topics, tattoos for science nerds don't need to be boring. Equations written out in flowing script make beautiful patterns, and pulsar maps are simply stunning. And then there's Schrödinger's cat - the infamous thought experiment makes for some pretty funny ink.

Science is having a cool moment. That could be because those once-obscure topics are now more accessible than ever, thanks to the Internet. Or perhaps that's due to the rising counterculture seeking to protect knowledge from government interference. Whatever the reason, rocking a nerdy science tattoo these days feels downright revolutionary.

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    Schrödinger's Cattoo

    Even the most novice science students have probably heard of Schrödinger's cat, but it can be a tricky concept to grasp. This tattoo manages to do so, visually.

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    Drake's Extraterrestrial Equation

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    The Drake Equation might look boring at first, but it’s actually a mathematical formula that calculates the odds of finding life beyond Earth. Pretty cool.

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    Phylogenetic Tree

    Photo: BuzzFeed / via Pinterest

    Phylogenetic trees show how organisms evolved from each other. This tattoo beautifully illustrates one such chart.

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    Pulsing Pulsar Map

    Photo: Fashionably Geek / via Pinterest

    This pulsar map was designed by Carl Sagan, engraved on a disc, and shot into space as part of the Voyager program. It’s meant to be a universal way of providing “directions” to Earth for any aliens who might encounter the probe.

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