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What was it that made Einstein a genius ?

By T.K. Randall
October 6, 2013 · Comment icon 28 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."

Source: FSU.edu | Comments (28)




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Comment icon #19 Posted by schizoid78 11 years ago
Quite simple: imagination and visualization. But being a man with a huge imagination myself, I doubt Einstein theory has being perfect. There are a like of rigor and doubt in Einstein that makes me quite perplex. Or another reason was that his biggest theory was related to astrophysic, where most theories are wrong, anyway! Schizo
Comment icon #20 Posted by pallidin 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
Being absolutely convinced he was right. 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 11 years ago
Slightly off-topic, but does anyone here know if he has any living children or grandchildren? First Wife: Mileva Maric, 1875-1948 (married 1903, divorced 1919), Serbian Christian, physicist, three childrenDaughter: Lieserl Maric, 1902-?, put up for adoption as infant, fate unknown Son: Hans Albert Einstein, 1914-1973, professor of hydraulic engineering, three children Son: Eduard Einstein, 1910-1965, institutionalized for schizophrenia, no children Grandson (son of Hans Albert): Bernhard Caesar Einstein, 1930-, physicist, five childrenGrandson (son of Hans Albert): Klaus Einstein, 1932-1938, d... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by StarMountainKid 11 years ago
The true story of Einstein's stolen brain, listen to the audio. http://www.npr.org/t...oryId=126229305
Comment icon #24 Posted by The Black Ghost 11 years ago
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 scientific boom and wa... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Frank Merton 11 years ago
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 scientific boom and wa... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by Lex540 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
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


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