Einstein's brain that revolutionized physics can be downloaded as an app for $ 9.99. But it won't help you win the Cube game or solve Fermat's Last Theorem. A medical museum in Chicago has scanned and digitized nearly 350 slides made from slices of Einstein's brain after his death in 1955
While Albert Einstein's genius isn't part of the package, the iPad application makes detailed brain images more accessible to scientists. Teachers, students and anyone else who's curious can get a look. The application will allow researchers to peer into the eccentric Nobel winner's brain as if they were looking through a microscope.
After Einstein had died, Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy, removing the great man's brain in the hope of discovering the secrets behind his genius. Harvey gave samples to researchers and collaborated on a 1999 study published in the Lancet. That study showed that the parietal lobe in his brain was 15 % wider than normal. The parietal lobe is important to the understanding of math, language and spatial relationships. The new app may allow researchers to dig deeper by looking for brain regions where the neurons are more densely connected than normal.