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Driving Mr Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain by Michael Paterniti
When Albert Einstein passed away in 1955 his body was taken to Princeton Hospital in New Jersey where his autopsy was to be performed. Soon after Dr Thomas Harvey, the pathologist assigned to Einstein, resigned, and the pink squishy cerebral cortex of Einstein went with him in a Tubberware of formaldehyde "for the purpose of science." Dr Harvey sliced up and gave much of the brain away to various scientists, but the disappearance of the brain was a mystery for some time.
Michael Paterniti is magazine editor living in Maine and wanted to get to the bottom of this mystery and went on a rumor to find Dr Thomas Harvey. After their meeting Paterniti was convinced despite only having seen the opaque Tubberware and for some reason agreed to chauffeur Dr Harvey, who was 84 years old, from New Jersey to California to give what was left of the brain to Evelyn Einstien, the physicist's granddaughter. Slices of Einstein's brain are in the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.
Paterniti is a dramatic writer who is able to paint with words, but his style is unique. Driving Mr Albert is quite humorous, and you don't have to be a science junky to enjoy it. There's only one chapter about science, a brief explanation of E=mc^2, and you could skip it if you wanted to, as it stands alone among the other chapters. 💯Recommend!
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