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Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018

Scientist found something unusual in Albert Einstein's brain

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News24xx.com - Mutter Museum is one of the two places where you can see pieces of Albert Einstein’s brain. The brain parts, with 20 micron thickness, are colored with cresyl violet and maintained inside glass slides and displayed in the main gallery of the museum.

The Nobel Prize winner, Albert Einstein, died in 1955 at the age of 76. However, years later, scientists still found fascinating things about him. When the famous physician died in New Jersey, pathologist Thomas Harvey did an autopsy on his body and took away his brain without permission from the family.

Later, it was revealed that Harvey did have permission to keep the brain, as long as it was only used for scientific research.

 

For years, Harvey kept the brain of one of the best inventors in the world inside a glass jar, before dissecting it into 240 blocks and making it into 1000 microscopic pieces. Harvey then sent the brain pieces to all parts of the world.

 

All the scientists who had done research on the brain parts said that it was not normal. Einstein’s brain is lighter than an average adult man’s brain, around 12.247 grams less than 13,60 grams. The inferior parietal area is also 15 % bigger than average brain. Some scientist also believed that his brain did not have anatomical gaps called Sylvian fissure. Neuroscientists speculated that it increased Einstein’s reasoning and mathematics skills.

 

In addition, Einstein’s brain did not have degenerative changes that usually happen to 76 year old men. Regardless of the researach, the reason for Einstein’s genius is still a mystery. Harvey then gave what was left of Einstein’s brain to pathology department of Princeton Hospital.

Mutter Museum then received the brain parts from Lucy B Rorke-Adams, a senior neuropathologist from Philadelphia Child Hospital.

 

 

 

 

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