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Albert Einstein’s brain to go on display – Science – News – The Independent

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Dr Albert Einstein’s brain is going on display for the first time in the UK – with that of an infamous murderer.

Following his death at the age of 76 in 1955, Einstein’s brain was divided into sections, two of which are going on show at the Wellcome Collection.

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 two slides from Einstein’s brain are on loan from the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, where they were only shown publicly in the US for the first time last year.

The eminent scientist was cremated and his ashes were scattered according to his wishes.

But pathologist Thomas Harvey, who carried out the post-mortem examination, said that Einstein’s son gave him permission to preserve the brain for research, a claim which was later disputed.

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.

via Albert Einstein’s brain to go on display – Science – News – The Independent.

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

 

 

 

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