Einstein’s brain? There’s an app for that

Albert Einstein’s brain is ready for its closeup.

Nearly 60 years after Einstein’s death, anyone can have the chance to explore that remarkable noodle.

During Einstein’s autopsy, Princeton pathologist Thomas Harvey removed his brain without asking Einstein’s family, divided it into 170 segments, then sliced those segments into microscopically thin pieces and preserved them on slides. For the past six decades, they’ve been in Harvey’s possession, and then the National Museum when Harvey died. The slides are extremely delicate, so only experts have been able to examine them… until now.

Steve Landers is a computer scientist and consultant for the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago. If you’re never heard of it, don’t worry – it hasn’t been built yet (the museum is still raising money and is aiming for completion in 2014). But that doesn’t mean researchers aren’t already planning and creating exhibits.

Landers’ exhibit doesn’t even need the brick and mortar building for scientists, science lovers or the generally curious to enjoy. It’s an iPad app, available for $9.99, and it lets you explore Harvey’s original slides of Albert Einstein’s brain.

Want to know more? Listen to our interview with Landers on his app and why he thinks even non-neurologists can gain something from exploring Einstein’s amazing bean.


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