It’s hard to find an individual human being held in higher esteem in western society than Albert Einstein. Most of us are well aware that, when Einstein died in 1955, scientists removed his brain for analysis. Many people had simply visualized them taking the brain and sticking it in a glass jar on a shelf somewhere, standing back and admiring it saying “man… that there is a nice brain.”
It turns out that they had much bigger plans for it and Einstein’s brain was divided up into hundreds of different small pieces and placed under microscope slides so that individual parts of his brain could be compared against those of other human beings.
The original goal for the project was to highlight and analyze the cellular structure and nerve conductive tissue.
Now, you too can take an extended look at Albert Einstein’s brain as this entire experiment has been turned into a very impressive iPhone application. You can flip through any of the images to get up close and personal with any of the 350 different brain slices included in this experiment.
The National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago was able to put the entire application together through private funding and they’ve also decided to pass along the proceeds of the app to various charities.
It’s worth checking out and can be downloaded for $9.99.
Of course, virtually everybody is wondering what the big differences were between Einstein’s brain and those of people who didn’t change physics forever, and it appears as though a few of them were recorded in the experiment. For instance, it was documented that Einstein’s parietal lobe was 15% wider than most peoples brains. This is significant because the parietal lobe is where much of language, spatial perception and math is processed in the brain.
Understanding the secrets hidden in our brains, and how it interacts with all of the other parts of our body, is an extremely important part of getting a firm grasp on your overall health and wellness.
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