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On Finding Einstein’s Brain In A Costa Cider Jar

by | 26th, October 2011

Stephen Levy on finding Einstein’s lost brain

I came to the conclusion that the brain, in sectioned form, was still in the possession of the pathologist who removed it from the Einstein head, Dr. Thomas Harvey. I tracked him down in Wichita, Kansas. At first he didn’t want to tell me anything, but after a while he finally admitted that he had the brain. After a longer while, he sheepishly told me it was IN THE VERY OFFICE WE WERE SITTING IN. He walked to a box labeled “Costa Cider” and pulled out two big Mason jars. In those were the remains of the brain that changed the world.

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Dr. Albert Einstein, right, before his address to the American Scientific Congress in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 1940, with Dr. Lyman J. Briggs, director of the Bureau of Standards. Einstein indicated that the supposedly exact science of physics is in about as chaotic condition as the countries of Europe. He told the American Scientific Congress that physicists, “have to admit that we do not possess any general theoretical basis for physics which can be regarded as its logical foundation.” (AP Photo/George R. Skadding)

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