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Einstein's Brain

  • Published30 Nov 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Albert Einstein’s brain traveled around the United States for 40 years after the scientist’s death. Many scientists have attempted to find an anatomical explanation for Einstein’s genius, but the link remains unclear.

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Image “Overhead view of left and right hemispheres of brain, labeled” (OHA184. OHA 184.06: Harvey Collection. Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and Medicine. Note: Image appears edited from the original photograph for emphasis purposes.



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