Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Download Einstein's Brain

albHERO.jpg

We all wish we could look into the mind of a genius - and now you quite literally can.

A new iPad app launched this week lets you look at 350 slides of Physics genius Albert Einstein's brain, which were scanned and digitised by the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHMC) in Chicago. Einstein was arguably the greatest physicist who ever lived, and was responsible for discovering General Relativity, the Photoelectric Effect (which laid the way for Quantum Mechanics), and a great many other scientific advancements.

Now it is hoped that students and teachers will use the app and gain inspiration from studying the images, with museum board member Jim Paglia saying that "he understood the value to research and science to study his brain, and we think we've addressed that in a respectful manner". The slides were originally taken during an autopsy performed by pathologist Thomas Harvey, where he “segmented the brain into approximately 170 parts, roughly grouped by the various lobes and brainstem, and then sectioned those parts into hundreds of microscope sections. These sections were mounted on microscope slides and stained to highlight both cellular structure and nerve conductive tissue”.

Harvey hoped that studying his brain would lead to discovering the origins of his genius, and the slides were donated to NMHMC in 2010.

It would be nice if that happened but, let's face it, you'll still be back playing Angry Birds before long.

Buy from the app store ($9.99)

Image: Rex

Related

mortarbird1.jpg

Angry Birds used in Physics exam

geyser.jpg

Science non-fiction

Internet-HERO.jpg

The internet is ruining your brain

Comments

More

We might be about to get smartphones that charge fully in five minutes

An Israeli start-up claims it's going to go into production next year

by Tom Mendelsohn
15 May 2017

5 of the best fidget toys on the market right now

Tackle your knuckle cracking head on

by Matt Tate
10 May 2017

Some Italians have created a phone cover that also makes espresso

No, we don't know why either

by Tom Mendelsohn
08 May 2017

New app will rebalance the London rental market in favour of landlords

Finally, the capital's hard-up property owners will get their due with Rentberry

by Tom Mendelsohn
26 Apr 2017

This knife-toting robot playing stabby hand will make you nervous

I for one welcome our new robot overlords

by Tom Mendelsohn
25 Apr 2017

Now you can turn your iPhone into a retro mac

For the man who has everything

by Tom Mendelsohn
21 Apr 2017

The best turntables of 2017

How the tables have turned

by David Cornish
20 Apr 2017

The Tamagotchi is back

Great news for fans of neglecting responsibilities and watching tiny creatures literally shit themselves to death!

by Emily Reynolds
11 Apr 2017

Self-healing smartphone screens could exist by 2020

Could it be curtains for shady smartphone repair stalls across Britain?

by Tom Mendelsohn
05 Apr 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is being released in less than a month

This is the Korean giant's first major new release since all that embarrassment with exploding Galaxy Note S7s...

by Tom Mendelsohn
29 Mar 2017