Size matters in science. The first study of the anatomy of Albert Einstein's brain, measured and preserved after his death at the age of 76 in , represents a venture on to sensitive terrain. Around the beginning of the 20th century there was great interest in whether people with bigger brains were more intelligent, but after the second world war, the subject was to a large extent abandoned.
Modern research, however, made possible by the development of computerised imaging technology, has tended to find a small correlation between brain volume and IQ scores. It's not clear how those features contributed to Einstein's genius, but that brain region is key for spatial tasks and mathematical reasoning , Falk said.
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The jury is still out on whether Einstein's brain was extraordinary from birth or whether years of pondering physics made it special. But most of Einstein's raw ability probably came from a trick of nature rather than a lifetime of hard work, said Sandra Witelson, a researcher at McMaster University who has done past studies of Einstein's brain.
In , her work revealed that Einstein's right parietal lobe had an extra fold, something that was either hardwired into his genes or happened while Einstein was still in the womb. Follow LiveScience on Twitter livescience. Tia has interned at Science News, Wired. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.
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Falk believes both played a role. Tia Ghose, Senior Writer on. What Happened To Einstein's Brain?
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