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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Einstein's Brain

Ten years ago, Michael Paterniti released a book with the exceedingly strange title, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein's Brain [B HAR]. Sounds like something that belongs on the speculative fiction shelves, doesn't it? It's not! Paterniti explains...
The tale went like this: Einstein died in 1955 and, during an autopsy, his brain was removed from his head, ostensibly to be studied for the keys to its genius. But then, after some years, the brain supposedly disappeared. Rumor had it that it had been cut up and parts of it resided somewhere in a garage in Saskatchewan, next to the basketballs and hockey sticks of some oil rigger's kids, collecting dust. Other parts were said to belong to the doctor who did the autopsy, an odd man who had since vanished.
If you want to know more, you'll have to read the book! Actually, Michael Paterniti was on NPR's Morning Edition yesterday, so you can listen to him relating the story. Click here.

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