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Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain - Michael Paterniti
Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain
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Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old pathologist named Thomas Harvey, who performed the autopsy on Einstein... show more
Albert Einstein's brain floats in a Tupperware bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is journalist Michael Paterniti. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old pathologist named Thomas Harvey, who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955 -- then simply removed the brain and took it home. And kept it for over forty years. On a cold February day, the two men and the brain leave New Jersey and light out on I-70 for sunny California, where Einstein's perplexed granddaughter, Evelyn, awaits. And riding along as the imaginary fourth passenger is Einstein himself, an id-driven genius, the original galactic slacker with his head in the stars. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, and part meditation, Driving Mr. Albert is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385333030 (038533303X)
Publisher: Dial Press
Pages no: 211
Edition language: English
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travelin
travelin rated it
4.0 Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain
In hindsight I wish there had been a lot more science about the nature of Einstein's brain. Just today I've read of a study showing that the two lobes of Einstein's brain had a higher than normal number of connections, so not only did his brain survive the trip, its structural makeup may have more v...
willemite
willemite rated it
A road trip written with a 20-something sensibility. I enjoyed the writer’s use of language but found the tale, overall, rather tedious. It sounds wonderful in anticipation, but it did not sparkle for me. The author seeks out a fellow who had been present at Einstein’s autopsy, and who made off with...
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