Finding Einstein's Brain

Finding Einstein's Brain

by Frederick E. Lepore M.D.


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Albert Einstein remains the quintessential icon of modern genius. Like Newton and many others, his seminal work in physics includes the General Theory of Relativity, the Absolute Nature of Light, and perhaps the most famous equation of all time: E=mc2.
Following his death in 1955, Einstein’s brain was removed and preserved, but has never been fully or systematically studied. In fact, the sections are not even all in one place, and some are mysteriously unaccounted for! In this compelling tale, Frederick E. Lepore delves into the strange, elusive afterlife of Einstein’s brain, the controversy surrounding its use, and what its study represents for brain and/or intelligence studies. 

Carefully reacting to the skepticism of 21st century neuroscience, Lepore more broadly examines the philosophical, medical, and scientific implications of brain-examination. Is the brain simply a computer? If so, how close are we to artificially creating a human brain? Could scientists create a second Einstein? This “biography of a brain” attempts to answer these questions, exploring what made Einstein’s brain anatomy exceptional, and how “found” photographs--discovered more than a half a century after his death--may begin to uncover the nature of genius.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813580395
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/25/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 802,584
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

FREDERICK E. LEPORE is a professor of neurology and ophthalmology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He is a clinical neuro-ophthalmologist, designer of the Optic Nerve Test Card, and has written over 125 scientific publications including “Dissecting Genius—Einstein’s Brain and the Search for the Neural Basis of Intellect.”

Table of Contents

  1. A Neurologist Walks in Princeton
  2. April 18, 1955
  3. What the Neuropathologist Knew … And Didn’t Know
  4. The Lost Decades (1955-1985), the Cider Box, and the Microscope
  5. The Exceptional Brain(s) of Albert Einstein
  6. How Does a Genius Think?
  7. The Pursuit of Genius
  8. Where Do We Go From Here? (And Where Have We Been?)


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this “biography of a brain”. Part journalism, part brain analysis- this tells the fascinating story of Einstein’s brain after his death. I really enjoyed reading about the controversy and fighting between institutes and the pathologist who took, and then hid, the photos. I wonder what Einstein would have thought about all this. I was surprised by how engrossed I became in the ‘mind vs brain’ chapter. I was skeptical when he used the phrase “Neurophilosophy” but I found the writing to be very clear and easy understand and it added more depth to the overall narrative. Great read- a must for all Einstein fans.