Scientist sports jerseys inspired by a Boing Boing comment thread

Syphax sez, "A while back, I mentioned my idea to put scientists' names on the back of sports jerseys (see the comments for this Boing Boing post). I was sitting on the idea until one of my sons asked for a Galileo shirt for his birthday! So, I printed some up for him and his brothers. I would have liked to use a more authentic jersey, but went with a basic T-shirt (in Azzurri blue) for starters. Does anyone else want one of these? For which scientist/inventor?"

Science Jerseys (Thanks, Syphax, via Submitterator!)


  1. Though not a scientist (but probably a philosopher in his own right), Adams 42 immediately comes to mind.

  2. Copernicus, Kepler, Brian May, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Tesla (even if he’s more of a mad scientist than a scientist). I’d go for any of these. Especially Brian May.

  3. Slightly tangental: I’ve wanted to do a ADAMS 42 jersey for a while, but I can’t afford to.

  4. You need some girls before I get one for my kid. Curie, either 96 or the simpler 2 (for her two Nobel Prizes in two different sciences).

  5. I used to have a philosophy football t-shirt a friend bought for me in Germany. It wasn’t like the ones on the link, it had a football field with the names of philosophers in their team positions.

    Now it’s rags, but I was thinking of scanning the design and re-print it in a new t-shirt

  6. Maxwell gets number 1 for the first unified theory.

    Gawd.. i need to do some work… i could do this all day!

  7. I’ll go with

    0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…

    although the numbers would probably be a bit cramped.

  8. Einstein. e=mc2

    How about some graphics? Newton with an apple falling on his head.

    Withe Galileo there, how about Berthold Brecht?

  9. “Tesla (even if he’s more of a mad scientist than a scientist)”

    You mean the inventor of alternating current, the induction motor, wireless telegraphy, radio, more fountains than you can think of, wireless transmission of power, the magnifying transmitter, and various other things the government has still kept secret?

    “The great installation of the Tesla polyphase system in 1984 [at Niagara Falls] is undoubtedly the most tremendous event in *all* engineering history.” — Charles Scott, President AIEE.

    Without Tesla, without alternating current, the modern life would be impossible. So you take that back or I’ll come round your place and show you what joys an AC current can bring, correctly applied, to your most personal of places.

    (Kidding of course — I mean, with gas prices being what they are…)

  10. Plus he inspired some of the really, really cool weapons in C&C:Red Alert (why Westwood gave them to the Reds is confusing), and he gave his name to an awful big-hair, small-talent 70’s or 80’s band.

  11. For Archimedes, why not just go with 3/22? No need for the pi, no need for the rounding up. Or is that too analogue?

    1. What does 3/22 have to do with Archimedes? I must not know my mathematical history well enough.

  12. In high school many years ago my friends and I formed an intramural basketball team, and we all had geeky numbers. These are the ones I can remember:

    6.022 x 10^23
    π (pi)
    µ (mu)
    ∞ (infinity)

    Plus some others… Shockingly, our team (The Sid Vicious Memorial All Stars) didn’t win a game until our third year of existence! Good times.

  13. I don’t if on purpose or not, but Mr. Syphax chose the rigth color, since it is the color of Italian sport teams (and Azzurri is the nickname used to call them…)

    To remain in Italy:

    Fermi, 92

      1. Actually, I could get behind the Topsies as long as it was done tastefully. I mean, people root for the Mets and the Cubs, right?

  14. Definitely Darwin. Perhaps on a jersey for the Shrewsbury Beagles.

    Second choice – Archimedes – jersey number 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609…

  15. +1, Philosophy Football. I don’t even think soccer should be allowed to call itself football: I’m an Australian Rules man. But I did love my Camus goalie shirt. I’d go with Kautsky now I think.

  16. I got my dad a red ballcap with “Feynman” stitched into it in a cursive script about a decade or so ago, and he still wears it.

  17. Planck, h
    Dirac, ħ
    Einstein, E=mc^2 (Can’t believe nobody else suggested this. What, too obvious?)
    Schrödinger, nothing really numerical but obviously a cat silhouette.
    Brahe, ala Schrödinger, a elk/moose silhouette.
    Euler, e, Σ, i, f(x)
    Gauss, 5050
    Euclid, a tough one but there’s got to be something
    Riemann, a depiction of a manifold
    wow, the list goes on and on, oh also…
    Heisenberg, I can think of a number but what position would he play?

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