Brains: The Mind As Matter also features the brain of US suffragette Helen H Gardener, which she donated to science to disprove theories about gender.
The eminent scientist was cremated and his ashes were scattered according to his wishes.
He kept the brain, which to many people’s surprise was not particularly large, and divided it into 240 sections preserved in jars of formaldehyde at his house.
He gave a box of 46 slides to his pathologist colleague William Ehrich, and the samples were eventually donated to the museum in Philadelphia.
“Gentleman, scholar and murderer” Edward H Rulloff’s brain – one of the largest ever known – is also on display for the first time in Britain.
Despite being known for his intelligence, he is thought to have killed his wife and child and was sentenced to death in 1871 for killing a shop assistant in New York.
The exhibition also includes the brain of an ancient Egyptian, one of the oldest specimens ever known, the brain of computer science pioneer Charles Babbage 1791-1871, and a brain specimen containing a bullet wound.
Strange Random Brain Quote:
“Memory offers up its gifts only when jogged by something in the present. It isn’t a storehouse of fixed images and words, but a dynamic associative network in the brain that is never quiet and is subject to revision each time we retrieve an old picture or old words.” ― Siri Hustvedt, The Sorrows of an American
- Einstein’s brain goes on display in Philadelphia (pathologyblawg.com)
- Odd Zone: Odd Zone: Einstein’s brain to go on show in UK (coventrytelegraph.net)
- Brush with genius: Einstein’s brain cells go on show (independent.co.uk)
- A slice of genius: Thinly cut segments of Einstein’s brain go on display in Britain for first time (dailymail.co.uk)
- Brain Teaser: Einstein’s Grey Matter On Display (news.sky.com)
- Slices of Einstein’s brain show “the mind as matter” (vancouversun.com)
- Explore Einstein’s Brain Through His Letters (gizmodo.com.au)
- Brains! London exhibition looks inside our skulls (hosted.ap.org)