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Geeky Math Tattoos

Updated on July 5, 2014

Math Tattoos

Most people are clueless when they come across a math or equation tattoo, as they're definitely a part of the mathematics culture and just as difficult to figure out on the skin as it was in text books.

Interestingly, various math problems can speak to those that understand them, and can even come close to representing emotion to those who know what they're looking at.

To the rest of us it's a bunch of numbers and weird looking lines, but for those who are infatuated with them, it's the way they view their world.

Even so, the design of the tattoos, which are simply, in most cases, the way an equation is written out, is very interesting, and could be considered art.

But whether you see it that way or not, the math tattoos below are understood and appreciated by the experts, and are a fascinating look at one segment of our society.

Okay. Here's the one math item most of us will at minimum remember from out school days. I like it because it is one that in fact looks like a piece of art from the nice looking font it's made of.

E=MC2 Tattoo

The person with this tattoo said the meaning behind it was math, but also the fact the numbers 0-9 include all other number combinations. She sees is as a representation of infinity and endless possibilities. Go figure.

Number Tattoo

This is a pretty cool Pi tattoo, scrolling to form the heart shape. Just shows you numbers can be used creatively.

Pi Tattoo

Who can ignore a cool Pac Man tattoo? Add to it the math problem about to be eaten and it's a pretty neat image.

Pac Man Math Equation Tattoo

This is a pretty bold tattoo, and speaks to a lot of people who worked on that little sucker when they were extraordinarily popular.

I like the partialness of it, making it appear as if it was in the planning and development stage.

Rubic's Cube Tattoo

As those in math will know, this is one of the heart curves. It was inked on in response to her mother getting cancer. It was done as a sign of love and respect. I told you math people speak a different language.

Heart Curve Tattoo

While simple, this is really a great looking tattoo, and one that wouldn't be as easy to ink on as one would think. I like the dark and light contrast and the vivid colors in front.

Infinity Tattoo

This is an amazing tattoo, if for no other reason the size of it, which takes up the full top of the back.

It won't mean much to most readers, but this is actually three different equations, one on each line.

The first is the Born Oppenheimer Approximation. Next is the same equation in the form of a 3-Dimensional Schrödinger Equation (if you don't know, don't ask), and the last line is the solution in the form of a Schrödinger Equation.

Good thing you understand all of that. Right?

Born Oppenheimer Approximation Tattoo

This is an image of the golden ratio in rectangular shape. The ratios on the sides of the triangle is the golden ratio. Pretty cool if you understand all that.

I do think it's pretty amazing that what appears to be groupings of numbers to the viewer, end up being some very significant attributes of math.

Golden Ratio Tattoo

This tattoo is the Zermelo-Fraenkel with Choice axioms of set theory. These nine axioms are the foundation for ZFC set theory. From these nine axioms, one can supposedly derive all of mathematics. I'm just going to have to take the person that is inked word for it.

As in other tattoo themes, this was a very passionate tattoo for the recipient. Again, most of us don't associate numbers and emotion too much, other than dates.

Zermelo-Fraenkel Tattoo

As with math in general, unless you're really into it, you can look through these math tattoos and let out a big yawn while scratching your head.

But the reality is, for those pursuing the segment, it is a very compelling subject, and extracts a lot more passion than one would think.

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      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I love geeks! In my opinion, some of these might be taking it a little too far, but what do I know? I'm not a math gee; I'm more of a bookworm or an English nerd. These are still pretty cool. I voted this up and awesome!

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