iPad App Gives You Access to... Einstein's Brain

Scanned images available for researchers and regular people alike
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2012 12:36 PM CDT
This digitized image taken from a screen shot of a new iPad app shows an image of a portion of the brainstem of renowned theoretical physicist Albert Einstein.   (AP Photo/The National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago)
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(Newser) – Want a look at Einstein's brain? For $9.99 it's yours, as long as you have an iPad. A new application launched today includes detailed scans of the genius' brain: After he died, his brain was removed, sliced up, and turned into almost 350 slides, and a medical museum later scanned and digitized those. Using the app will be like looking at Einstein's brain through a microscope, and could allow researchers to go deeper than ever before, the AP reports.

"I can't wait to find out what they'll discover," says the app designer. "I'd like to think Einstein would have been excited." Studies of the slides have yielded results in the past, like a 1999 study that found one region of Einstein's brain critical to understanding math was 15% wider than typical. But, the AP notes, some may fear Einstein might not have loved the idea of his brain being available to just anyone, for a fee. But the museum feels it's being respectful, and a board member points out that the scans might "inspire a whole new generation of neuroscientists."

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