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Do You Know Einstein's Brain was Removed before his Cremation?(55) Options
Ashwin Joshi
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When Einstein died in 1955, his body was cremated and his ashes scattered, as was his wish. However, before his body was cremated, pathologist Thomas Harvey at Princeton Hospital conducted an autopsy in which he removed Einstein's brain.

Rather than putting the brain back in the body, Harvey decided to keep it, ostensibly for study. Harvey did not have permission to keep Einstein's brain, but days later, he convinced Einstein's son that it would help science. Shortly thereafter, Harvey was fired from his position at Princeton because he refused to give up Einstein's brain.


For the next four decades, Harvey kept Einstein's chopped-up brain (Harvey had it cut into 240 pieces) in two mason jars with him as he moved around the country. Every once in a while, Harvey would slice off a piece and send it to a researcher.

Finally, in 1998, Harvey returned Einstein's brain to the pathologist at Princeton Hospital.



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Some of the results of the various studies are in this article.


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Ashwin Joshi
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DragOnspeak writes;
Some of the results of the various studies are in this article.

Shouldn't it be

Some of the results of the various studies of his brain are in this article.

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Islami
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Though this a Knowledge and Culture Forum , yet Ashwin is right.

Just because the writer of an article is British doesn't mean that they use English correctly-DragOnspeaker.
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Although I haven't opened the link, I was for some reason confident
that it wouldn't contain info on bats, bugs or pebbles on the shore.



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Posted: Sunday, July 8, 2018 4:42:34 PM

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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
DragOnspeak writes;
Some of the results of the various studies are in this article.

Shouldn't it be

Some of the results of the various studies of his brain are in this article.

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Considering the content of the original post, what other studies could they have been?

Parpar1836
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I knew about the removal and keeping of (and experiments on) Einstein's brain; it was noted by one of his early biographers. I'm curious as to just what they discovered about it. (I couldn't load Drag0nSpeaker's link.)
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Parpar1836 wrote:
I knew about the removal and keeping of (and experiments on) Einstein's brain; it was noted by one of his early biographers. I'm curious as to just what they discovered about it. (I couldn't load Drag0nSpeaker's link.)

Ah - yes - the BBC block foreigners (like Americans, Martians and Venusians) from their sites sometimes.

There have been various differences found between Einstein's brain and "the average human brain".
It seems that each one is not unique (other people have one or two of these unusual characteristics). However, it seems unusual for one person to have so many unusual characteristics.

1. There is a high proportion of glial cells to neurons (they are the 'supporting act' in the brain which provide oxygen and food).
2. Einstein had an extra ridge on his mid-frontal lobe, the part used for making plans and working memory. Most people have three ridges but Einstein had four.
3. Einstein's parietal lobes were dramatically asymmetric, and he had a knob on his right motor strip. This latter feature is called the "sign of omega" and it is thought to be correlated to musicians who use their left hands. Einstein played the violin.
4. Einstein's corpus callosum (the bundle of fibres connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain) was thicker than in control groups, suggesting enhanced co-operation between brain hemispheres.

There are other differences, but most of the tests "showed it to be within normal limits for a man his age". (Quote from Harvey)



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progpen
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Even with the scientific data, there has been such a mythos around the man that people still believe he was somehow superhuman or intellectually far beyond any human.

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Not superhuman. But definitely intellectual far ahead of any normal human.


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