Exploring Einstein’s Brain through an Educational App

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The National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago have launched a new educational app which lets us examine Albert Einstein’s brain via the safety of our iPad. The app allows microscopic examination of the cells in his brain using a virtual microscope. This educational app would be a great addition to science classes and allows its users to examine the Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s neuroanatomy as if they were sitting in front of a microscope.

Have a quick read of the interesting background on where the cells came from, and what the money generated from the app will be used for:

“Dr. Thomas Harvey was the pathologist who performed the autopsy on Albert Einstein at Princeton Hospital on April 18, 1955. Dr. Harvey removed the brain for study, segmented the brain into approximately 170 parts, roughly grouped by the various lobes and brainstem, and then sectioned those parts into hundreds of microscope sections. These sections were mounted on microscope slides and stained to highlight both cellular structure and nerve conductive tissue. Harvey’s estate donated the collection to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in 2010. In the spring of 2012, the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago (NMHMChicago) obtained private funding support to begin digitizing this collection. This app makes available to the public the portion of the collection that has been digitized to-date. Subsequent releases of this app will add additional materials as their digitization can be completed.”

You can download the app via iTunes here at a cost of $9.99.

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