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Uncommon Knowledge: Did Einstein lose his mind?

March 8, 2013

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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