Uncommon Knowledge: Did Einstein lose his mind?

Nope. Someone took it from him. Albert Einstein was one of the great minds of the 20th century, and when he died in 1955 there was much curiosity about the brain behind the Theory of Relativity. Dr. Thomas Harvey, a pathologist at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a standard autopsy, and then turned his attention to the brain. He carefully removed it, measured it, weighed it, preserved it, sent samples to other pathology experts, and then… simply took it home with him. Einstein’s brain remained in his possession for over twenty years before the theft was discovered.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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