Possessing Genius

Possessing Genius

The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein's Brain

Book - 2001
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Publisher: Toronto : Viking, c2001
ISBN: 9780670892211
Branch Call Number: 616.07 ABR
Characteristics: xiii, 388 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Einstein's brain


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Oct 28, 2014

I blew through this book too quickly because I wasn't really very interesting in the travels and travails regarding "the brain" which was removed and preserved following an autopsy. I did try to read for information about the actual brain but I don't think there was a lot in the book regarding scientific work on Einstein's brain.

Of course there has been incredible progress in understanding the form and function of the brain since Einstein's death in 1955 and my study of anatomy in the mid 60's. I will try to remember this quote from the book: "the core question is not how big is the brain?, but "how is the brain big?"

In Einstein's case his brain wasn't unusual in size but the parietal lobes were especially well developed. Many studies have linked this rear upper region of the brain to spatial and mathematical reasoning.

I did not find the CONTENTS and INDEX portions of the book very useful in navigating to my interests. I did learn quite a bit about brains and brain plasticity in general, but not much about Einstein's brain! tfc

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