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

Sat, Oct 06, 2012 - Page 10

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.