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Graduating Into Entropy [Science Tattoo]

entropy440Ivanka writes,

I got this last week and as I’m sure you know, it’s the second law of thermodynamics (the original equation, by Clausius) before -N even represented entropy. This is a strange story, because I’m not a physics or math major, I’m a female philosophy person.

I really do love physics though, and I’m about to leave my home country and all my undergrad friends behind and go and do my MSc at LSE. So the sentiment behind this is that now, after undergrad, we begin to disseminate. Entropy.

It’s also a great boyfriend filtration system:

‘Can I have your number?’

‘Wait, what’s this mean?’

‘Um… I don’t know?’

‘Too bad, you were cute’ (walk off)

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10 thoughts on “Graduating Into Entropy [Science Tattoo]

  1. Nice. I like the filtration system that goes with it too. Looking forward to finding someone who can draw my design.

  2. sweet.

    I’m a physicist and back when I was dating I found that most women filtered against physics. Fortunately I found someone who liked the idea of asking questions of nature and we’ve been asking questions and being shown deeper ones for many years.

  3. Messy computer table, legs underneath the bathrobe and with a tatoo of science… All the elements of a total WIN ! :)

    I wouldn’t get her number though.

  4. I know it wasn’t serious, but way to go for completely arbitrary standards. 😛

    Side note: It’s 12th grade physics where I come from (obviously, just in a stripped down and basic form), it’s not gonna filter out too many people.

  5. Funny, I tried to dial the number on the screen and the battery in the phone ran down…

    There’s a local bartender here (university town, obviously) that has the single-particle Schrodinger equation across her shoulders.

  6. Oh wow… I have an entropy tattoo as well. Mine is S=K log. W and is on boltzmann’s tombstone. And I get what you mean about not being physics. I am a psychology major, but the concept of entropy is something hardly anyone cannot be moved by.
    Unless, as indicated by your boyfriend filtration system, they are not smart enough to get it.

  7. As a “female philosophy person”, it would be easy to filter her out with a few elementary equations, and quite funny to turn the tables on her. Having a random equation tattooed on you does not make you smart, witty, or special.

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