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What made Einstein's brain unique?

Einstein's intellect was truly exceptional, surpassing the combined brilliance of a thousand scientists.

By Agha SabirPublished about a month ago 3 min read
What made Einstein's brain unique?
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It is widely acknowledged that Einstein possessed an extraordinary intellect, surpassing that of a thousand scientists combined. He delved into concepts that were previously unimaginable and incomprehensible to us, and yet he managed to simplify them for the entire world. Albert Einstein, a renowned physicist, introduced the theory of special relativity (E=mc²) and formulated the laws of photoelectricity, leaving the world astounded. As a result of his groundbreaking contributions, he was honored with the Nobel Prize.

Dr. Thomas Harvey, the doctor who took Einstein's brain, was curious to unravel the mysteries of the genius's mind. He believed that by studying the brain, he could uncover the secrets behind Einstein's extraordinary thinking abilities. Dr. Harvey meticulously dissected the brain into 240 small pieces and sent them to the world's top neurologists for further research. Finally, in 1985, after 30 years of study, the first publication on Einstein's brain was released.

Over the past 28 years, numerous neurologists have conducted multiple studies on the brain of this brilliant individual. It was discovered that Einstein's brain was notably distinct from the average human brain, with the most significant variance being observed in the Corpus callosum region. It is crucial to understand that the human brain is divided into two parts. Every action performed by a person is processed in one part of the brain, which then sends signals to the corresponding part of the body. The left brain controls the right side of the body, while the right brain controls the left side. In 90% of individuals, the left brain is responsible for functions such as speech, comprehension, math, and writing, whereas the right brain is in charge of creativity, spatial understanding, art, and music.

Have you ever wondered about the role of the Corpus callosum? Well, when your right brain makes a mistake, it signals the left brain to rectify it. The Corpus callosum is the link that connects both halves of the brain. Interestingly, Einstein had a larger Corpus callosum compared to ordinary humans. This meant that his left and right brain had a strong connection. This connection allowed him to imagine and solve complex problems and situations. Not only that, but Einstein's brain had a unique pattern and researchers believe that this was the reason for a good flow of neurons. Having a good flow of neurons means that he had exceptional mathematical calculation abilities, being able to solve complex problems in his head without the need for pen and paper. In fact, research shows that Einstein's brain weighed 1230gm, whereas the average weight for a human brain is 1400gm. One possible explanation for this difference is that Einstein's brain had a thinner lining, which allowed for a higher number of neurons.

Was Einstein born with such a remarkable brain or did it change over time? After conducting research, it was discovered that Einstein didn't start speaking until he was 5 years old, whereas most children begin speaking at 2 or 3 years old. Even after he started speaking, he preferred to remain quiet and lost in his own thoughts. When Einstein was 12 years old, a family teacher left a geometry book at his house. Surprisingly, Einstein read the entire book in one day and mastered the concepts. His understanding of math and science was so impressive that professors would become nervous. From a young age, Einstein had a desire to summarize the laws of the universe in a simple equation. At 26 years old, he published four research papers that astonished the world. As a result, he was awarded a PhD degree and the Nobel Prize for his exceptional contributions to humanity. Without Einstein's theses, science would be incomplete. Many doctors and scientists concluded that Einstein's brain became extraordinary after his birth. The main reason behind this was his relentless pursuit of answers using his remarkable mind. By doing so, his brain was specially developed from a young age. Today, you can find Einstein's brain preserved in America's The Mutter Museum.

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