Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti, next to him is the 84-year-old pathologist who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 and kept the brain as a souvenir. A road story with a cerebral twist.Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti, next to him is the 84-year-old pathologist who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 and kept the brain as a souvenir. A road story with a cerebral twist.Read Less
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What is a brain? And what's the significance of a brain that's no longer in use? What about if it's one of the greatest brains in history, and it's sloshing around- in pieces- in a tupperware container in the trunk of your car as you ferry a man- a near-stranger who may very well be a criminal- across the country in a rental car? Such is the premise of Driving Mr. Albert. Equal parts scientific historical commentary and travelog, this book explores the significance, if there even is any, of Albert Einstein's preserved brain and the doctor who, upon filling in as the attending pathologist performing Einstein's autopsy, stole the brain with the intention of performing important research. This work of non-fiction attempts to address the significance of what amounts to a collection of masses of tissue floating in formaldehyde in the context of history, relationships and medicine. A fun romp for the intellectual with a wry sense of humor.
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