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Einstein’s brain is now interactive iPad app
愛因斯坦的大腦現在成為iPad互動應用程式

Albert Einstein’s portrait is on display at Legoland Malaysia in Kota Iskandar, Johor, Malaysia on Sept. 14.
這張九月十四日攝於馬來西亞柔佛州依斯干達城樂高樂園的照片,是阿爾伯特‧愛因斯坦的肖像。

Photo: Bloomberg
照片:彭博社

The brain that revolutionized physics now can be downloaded as an app for US$9.99 (NT$290). But it will not help you win at Angry Birds.

While Albert Einstein’s genius is not included, an exclusive iPad application launched on Sept. 25 promises to make detailed images of his brain more accessible to scientists than ever before. Teachers, students and anyone who is curious also can get a look.

A medical museum under development in Chicago obtained funding 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 winner’s brain as if they were looking through a microscope.

After Einstein died, a pathologist named Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy, removing the great man’s brain in hopes that future researchers could discover the secrets behind his genius.

Harvey gave samples to researchers and collaborated on a 1999 study published in the Lancet. That study showed a region of Einstein’s brain — the parietal lobe — was 15 percent wider than normal. The parietal lobe is important to the understanding of math, language and spatial relationships.

The new iPad app may allow researchers to dig even deeper by looking for brain regions where the neurons are more densely connected than normal.

(AP)

愛因斯坦掀起物理學革命的那顆腦袋,現在變成應用程式,可以九點九九美元(新台幣兩百九十元)下載。不過,它可沒辦法讓你的「憤怒鳥」過關。

雖然程式不包括愛因斯坦的天才,但這個九月二十五日推出的iPad獨家應用程式承諾,會讓科學家更容易取得愛因斯坦腦部的詳細影像。不管是老師、學生或好奇的人,都可以看一看。

目前還在建構的一間芝加哥醫學博物館取得資金,將三百五十片脆弱且價值珍貴的愛因斯坦大腦切片掃描並數位化,這些切片是在愛因斯坦一九五五年死後做成。應用程式可讓研究人員和新手一窺這位古怪的諾貝爾獎得主的大腦,就像透過顯微鏡觀察一樣。

愛因斯坦死後,病理學家哈維解剖他的遺體,取出這位偉人的大腦,希望未來的研究人員能夠發現愛因斯坦的天才背後,有什麼秘密。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. exclusive adj.

獨家的;專屬的 (du2 jia1 de5; zhuan1 shu3 de5)

例: Our group will have an exclusive room.

(我們這組會有專屬的房間。)

2. accessible adj.

容易取得的 (rong2 yi4 qu3 de2 de5)

例: The main purpose of the project is to make learning opportunities more accessible to adults.

(本計畫的主要目的是要讓成人更容易取得學習機會。)

3. eccentric adj.

古怪的 (gu3 guai4 de5)

例: My brother is an eccentric person who likes wearing women’s perfume.

(我弟弟性情古怪,愛噴女人香水。)


哈維將樣本交給研究人員,並參與一項研究,該研究於一九九九年發表在《刺胳針》期刊。該研究顯示,愛因斯坦腦部的頂葉比一般人大百分之十五,頂葉對理解數學、語言、空間關係很重要。

新的iPad應用程式,或許可讓研究人員,更進一步深入探究,神經原比一般情況更緊密連結的腦部區域。

(美聯社/翻譯:陳維真)

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