Science NewsEinstein's Brain Power June 1999 The world has never stopped thinking about AlbertEinstein, arguably one of the century's greatest minds.Now, scientists who have reexamined his brain havecome up with a theory of why Einstein, whose brain waspreserved after he died in 1955, was capable of suchprodigious mental feats as conceiving the theory ofrelativity and other laws of physics.The finding, appearing in tomorrow's issue ofTheLancet, is based on measurements showing thatEinstein's parietal lobes, which sit roughly behind theears on both sides of the brain, are unusually large. As aresult, his brain is about 15% wider than that of mostpeople and, rather than being egg‐shaped, it's almostperfectly round. The work was done by a team led byneuroscientist Sandra Witelson of McMaster Universityin Hamilton, Canada, which maintains a "brain bank" ofabout 100 normal people. Three years ago, Witelsonwas contacted by the "curator" of Einstein's brain,
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