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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Guess Whose Brain Was Smaller Than Average?

It turns out Albert Einstein’s brain definitely was different than most. According to a 1999 anatomical study, it was smaller.
"One parameter that did not explain Einstein's mental prowess, however, was the size of his brain: At 1,230 grams, it fell at the low end of average for modern humans."
Thomas Harvey, a pathologist in Princeton, removed Einstein's brain upon his 1955 death and documented it. Currently, the brain is in 240 pieces, mounted on slides. A recent article on Physorg.com states:
The idea is that what made Einstein a genius has more to do with the structure of his brain, than its size. However, it is important to keep in mind that Einstein's brain in its totality can only be studied via photograph and compared to other photographs. And, of course, the brain is a complex and still-mysterious organ. But it may be that we can glean some additional insight from studying the structure of Einstein's brain.
To learn more about what scientists have determined about Einstein’s brain, click here for the Physorg.com article.

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