An exclusive iPad application launched today that promises to make detailed images of Albert Einstein’s brain more accessible to scientists, teachers, students and anyone who's curious to take a closer look than ever before. Though the brain that revolutionized physics won't help you win at Angry Birds, it can still be downloaded as an app for $9.99.
In Chicago, a funding was obtained by a medical museum to scan and digitize nearly 350 fragile and priceless slides made from slices of Einstein's brain after his death in 1955. The application will allow researchers and novices to peer into the eccentric Nobel (News - Alert) winner's brain as if they were looking through a microscope.
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"I can't wait to find out what they'll discover. I'd like to think Einstein would have been excited." said Steve Landers, the designer of the app and a consultant for the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago.
A pathologist named Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy after Einstein died in hopes that future researchers could discover the secrets behind his genius by removing his brain. He provided researchers with samples and also collaborated on a 1999 study published in the Lancet.
The study revealed that the parietal lobe; a region of Einstein's brain, was 15 percent wider than normal. For the understanding of math, language and spatial relationships, the parietal lobe is important.
Dr. Phillip Epstein, a Chicago-area neuroscientist and consultant for the museum, stated that with the help of the new iPad app, researchers will be able to study even deeper by looking for brain regions where the neurons are more densely connected than normal.
It may be difficult for scientists to figure out exactly where in Einstein's brain each slide originated because the tissue was preserved before modern imaging technology. The new app doesn't map them with precision to an anatomical model; however it does organize the slides into general brain regions.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman