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What was it that made Einstein a genius ?

Posted on Sunday, 6 October, 2013 | Comment icon 29 comments

Albert Einstein in 1921. Image Credit: Ferdinand Schmutzer
Researchers have long pondered over what factors played a role in making Albert Einstein so clever.
Possibly the most recognized name in science, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of physics and is widely considered to be one of the greatest geniuses that ever lived. Since his death in 1955 scientists have long tried to determine what it was that made him so intelligent.

To try and expedite this process, Princeton Hospital pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey removed Einstein's brain during an autopsy that was carried out shortly after his death. He hoped that one day neuroscience would advance to the stage at which it would be possible to learn from it what had made him a genius.

Fast forward almost 60 years and Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk has been attempting to do just that. In a new study of Einstein's brain, Falk investigated the fibers that connect the brain's two cerebral hemispheres. What he found was that in the case of Albert Einstein, the two hemispheres were unusually well connected, a factor that could account for his unparalleled brilliance.

"This study, more than any other to date, really gets at the 'inside' of Einstein's brain," said Falk. "It provides new information that helps make sense of what is known about the surface of Einstein's brain."

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Comment icon #20 Posted by pallidin on 7 October, 2013, 18:16
Slightly off-topic, but does anyone here know if he has any living children or grandchildren? I wonder if any of them(if they exist) shares in this so-called "genius trait" Probably not important as I guess we would have heard about it by now.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Big Bad Voodoo on 7 October, 2013, 22:41
Thats true. When Brittish journalist ask him, just before scientists will test his theory during sun eclipse, what if is turn out that he was wrong. He respond: I dont care for results of experiment. My theory is still right. (paraphrsed 1st sentence.) On OP:I think to answer this question we need to study all genious and find pattern.
Comment icon #22 Posted by StarMountainKid on 8 October, 2013, 1:18
I've also read the Albert Einstein thought that he himself may have been slightly schizophrenic, or what we now label as slightly autistic.
Comment icon #23 Posted by StarMountainKid on 8 October, 2013, 1:26
The true story of Einstein's stolen brain, listen to the audio.
Comment icon #24 Posted by The Black Ghost on 8 October, 2013, 3:15
What makes Einstein a genius? (or anyone, for that matter...what are the qualifications)? He developed very advanced theories that were groundbreaking at the time, but so have plenty of other people after him who were not labeled geniuses. We tend to think of Einstein's theories as "genius" because it deals with a realm of physics that the common person does not comprehend. For scientists who were working on cutting edge projects and theories at the same time as him though, Einstein was probably just another scientist to them--albeit a very lucky one. He grew up during a scientif... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Frank Merton on 8 October, 2013, 3:22
People who don't really understand relativity don't appreciate the uniqueness and, indeed, mystery of what he discovered using just his "little grey cells." To be sure, plenty of people as smart have come along and they have found tremendous things, but still Einstein stands all alone.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Lex540 on 8 October, 2013, 12:36
really no one can really comprehend the brain, no wonder its the most sophisticated machine in the universe. so these are just myths to me?
Comment icon #27 Posted by Reann on 8 October, 2013, 12:52
I'm reading this book right now titled : Einstein's Space & Van Gogh's Sky . Has anyone read or heard of it?
Comment icon #28 Posted by Zerocoder on 28 November, 2013, 19:41
that would be cool, he's was just more connected, what if we could completly connect it? i guess IQ 500 would be called Dumb :P

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