There is no doubt that Einstein is a genius. But he is different from the general genius, he is a genius across the century. The general theory of relativity he put forward has opened up a whole new world for mankind, and has improved mankind’s ability to understand the world as a whole.
Such a great genius has attracted the attention of the world during his lifetime, and is also quite attractive after his death. What kind of brain made Einstein? With this question, Thomas Harvey, Princeton’s best pathologist, secretly hid Einstein’s brain when he was performing a death dissection. As everyone knows, his life in hiding from Tibet began—the
body disappeared and the brain survived
at 1:15 am on April 18, 1955. Einstein, 76, died of illness at Princeton Hospital. Soon, he was transported to the autopsy laboratory, and the 43-year-old Harvey carefully held Einstein’s brain, his forehead oozing sweat from tension. He was responsible for checking the cause of Einstein’s death, and the result was easy to come to the rupture of a large aneurysm that had suffered seven years ago.
The phone in the laboratory rang quickly, and the hospital was reminding Harvey to speed up the work. He must surrender his body as soon as possible so that his family can transport it to New Jersey for cremation. This is also Einstein’s last wish.
Harvey mechanically filled Einstein’s abdominal cavity with internal organs, but his heart trembled violently. In front of him, the genius who created two scientific miracles at the age of 20! If he can keep his brain and carry out research, if he is lucky enough to solve the biggest mystery in the world-“Where is the secret of genius”, then he Harvey, maybe like Einstein, can be named forever. !
Harvey became more and more nervous, and his desire to keep it grew stronger. “As an autopsy officer, it is very common to leave a sample of an organ for research and teaching. This is nothing special.” Harvey said to himself. So he quickly filled the cranial cavity with cotton instead of the brain, and then injected preservatives into Einstein’s brain from the cerebral arteries.
However, there is no impermeable wall in the world, and the news of Harvey’s private brain quickly spread, and the media began to scramble to report the matter. The people were enraged, and the crowd and reporters surrounded the Princeton Hospital. The first to find Harvey in a rage was Einstein’s son Hans.
Harvey didn’t expect that he would become a “ghoul” everyone shouted overnight! He kept explaining his intentions to Hans, claiming that he could even draft a copy of his research plan for him to see if necessary. The hospital saw that this was the case, so it had to come forward to guarantee that it would properly protect the brain of the genius from damage.
Hans reluctantly agreed, but he asked Harvey to promise: never use it to create a gimmick to attract people’s attention, let alone use it for personal gain. Seeing that the person’s anger had calmed down, Harvey let out a sigh, thinking that he could begin his great research.
However, the facts are often unexpected. As soon as the situation subsided, Harvey received an order from Princeton Hospital to hand over his brain. At the same time, the US military also sent a request, hoping to take Einstein’s brain for the military to dispatch and use. Both sides use Harvey’s future as a threat and try to force him to submit.
At that time, collecting brains became a trend in the military, and both the United States and Russia were enthusiastic about it, especially Einstein’s brain. It seemed that whoever gets it can have supreme glory. Harvey is not so easy to surrender, finally got the brain, how can there be any reason to hand it over? If his research is successful, the world will make way for him!
Thinking about this, Harvey packed up the supplies needed for research overnight, left Princeton quietly, and drove to Philadelphia alone. However, it is not easy to carry a brain and leave without showing off. In order to facilitate the transfer, Harvey found a hidden place, carefully cut the brain into 240 pieces, labeled each piece, and then quietly wrapped the cut pieces into collodion and dipped them In formalin.
To hide in Tibet, miserable
Wife Ally rushed to Philadelphia when she heard the sound. When she saw hundreds of gray dense brain tissue cuts just soaked in piles of labeled bottles, she couldn’t help being surprised and speechless. “Why? Why is this?” She kept repeating, not knowing how to express it. Harvey became excited, and he shouted almost frantically: “Because I want to know the secret of this brain so much! I must be able to change the world!”
Ai Li is an ordinary medical staff. Seeing that she can’t convince Harvey, she had to Reluctantly agreed. In this way, in the rented simple laboratory, Harvey kept on “changing fate” research.
He used all the research data on the human brain he had collected over the years, preparing to compare and screen them one by one. In order to find clues as soon as possible, Harvey also made 12 sets of 200 slides containing index tissue samples, which were sent to top experts in all psychopathology disciplines he could trust at that time, and invited them to conduct research with him. “As long as I have enough patience, within a year, I will definitely find the truth!” Harvey said vowedly.
However, the facts far exceeded Harvey’s expectations. No matter from which angle you start, Einstein’s brain is no different from an ordinary brain with a normal IQ! Even the indicators are lower. He didn’t believe his own inferences, and was busy contacting other scholars to push all the conclusions to the top. But years later, the experiment was repeated countless times, but the results were still the same.
Did they make a mistake? Or is the research direction biased? Harvey is in a mental deadlock. Just when he was at a loss, Ellie brought him worse news: With these years of research, all their savings have been used up, and if they don’t think about it, they may not even be able to fill their stomachs.
Harvey disagrees, he finds a few clinics to apply for a job, thinking that he can continue his research after work as before. However, God gave Harvey a blow. Since there was no letter of introduction from the original unit, almost no hospital was willing to accept him, and when people learned that he was the thief who stole Einstein’s brain, they even reported to the military without mercy.
Harvey’s whereabouts are exposed. As a last resort, he had to stay anonymous and leave Philadelphia again for more remote places. Along the way, Harvey drifted away, hiding in Tibet. But life had to go on, and in desperation, he had to go to the construction site and do the hardest physical work. Ellie couldn’t accept that her high-spirited husband had become a muddy worker now. She kept persuading Harvey to go back with herself and start the same life again.
However, Harvey could not go back. He has embarked on such a path, he must do something to show everyone! Harvey is even more sleepless than before. As long as he has free time, he will come up with a notebook to calculate and think about breakthroughs in research. At that time, brain science research had just started, and there were very few cases that the world could learn from. To find the answer, he must obtain enough brain samples for more experimental comparisons!
Harvey first went to a nearby hospital for help, hoping to buy or apply for some samples for research. But Harvey, who had no status and status at this time, could not successfully obtain such research opportunities. When there was no way to ask for help, an idea came to me: Why not look for it in the wilderness? Maybe it happens to find some corpses that died unexpectedly but were not buried.
Thinking of this, Harvey immediately drove to the wilderness alone. It was on the eve of Halloween, the autumn wind was raging, and the clouds were overcast, and an ominous feeling came to my heart. But Harvey, who wanted to obtain samples, couldn’t take care of so many. He gritted his teeth and rushed in, and began to search in the inaccessible swamps and dense forests with sticks. However, still nothing.
Suddenly, Harvey only felt his feet slip, and a somersault fell into a three-meter deep hole. This is a small puddle formed after the stagnant water dries up. The bottom of the pit is damp and dirty. The wet mud splashes on his body. Harvey feels cold and painful. He picked up the phone and wanted to call 119 for help, but he was worried about revealing his whereabouts. After much deliberation, he finally dialed the phone number of his wife Allie.
After hearing about it, Ellie was so anxious that she found someone to rescue Harvey overnight. When she saw her husband’s desperate appearance covered in mud, she was angry and annoyed, and pointed at him to give an ultimatum. “Isn’t it just a brain? Look at what you have become because of it! Or get rid of it! Or divorce!” Harvey was also angry. Why can’t even the wife understand herself? He absolutely divorced.
Wandering for many years, no progress
double whammy emotional and career, so Harvey became depressed. Due to years of displacement, Harvey was unable to participate in the regular review of the doctor’s qualification certificate on schedule, and his doctor’s license was also invalid. Unable to continue practicing medicine, he had to become a doctor of the rivers and lakes, relying on tricks to get some dry food.
Harvey continued to wander around, and stopped to do odd jobs. If you are tired, go to the nearby houses to rest. Stopping like this, he went west to Vista Town in Kansas. This time, Harvey found a job as an assembly line worker in a factory. Life gradually settled down.
He picked up the brain research again, and distributed the slices to all possible research experts in Germany, Japan, Argentina, China, etc., and continued to wait for those abnormalities that could prove Einstein’s extraordinary humanity to be found out. However, Harvey failed again. They did find some so-called differences, but there is no evidence to prove that these differences have created Einstein’s extraordinary wisdom.
Faced with the results of years of no achievements, Harvey gradually lost confidence. He slowly faded out of people’s field of vision, and no one heard about him again. Twenty-three years later, Harvey went from a high-spirited man to a gray-haired old man. His thinking became slow, his cheeks were old and gloomy, and his body was already scarred by years of heavy labor. And that brain has been sleeping in the cardboard box at home, no one cares about it.
One day, a reporter named Levi knocked on Harvey’s door. The 66-year-old Harvey walked closer with a slightly bloated body trembling. When he found out that the other party wanted to understand the mystery of Einstein’s brain, he just said coldly: “I’m sorry, I will go to the factory soon. Work, I can’t help you.” Seeing that Levi was still unwilling to give up, Harvey simply took out the brain samples that hadn’t been touched for a long time from a stack of cardboard boxes, and gave a small slice of it to the reporter as a gift.
Unexpectedly, the next day, Levi’s report appeared in the major media, and the brains of Harvey and Einstein were once again pushed to the forefront of public opinion. While people were surprised, the research craze for Einstein’s brain once again emerged in the scientific community. Before long, an excellent neurologist Marian Dimon took the initiative to contact Harvey.
The desire to publish a research report came to Harvey again. As if he had found a life-saving straw, he took out all the specimens for Dimon to choose, and the days went back to the rhythm of tense calculations when he was young.
Perhaps with decades of theoretical development as the foundation, Harvey’s research has gradually turned for the better. It didn’t take long for them to discover that in the corner gyrus of area 39 of Einstein’s left brain, the “glia cell to neuron ratio” was extremely high, with an average of 73% more glial cells. This may indicate that neurons in that brain area have more glial cell support and consume more oxygen and nutrients.
Seeing this result, Harvey shed tears of excitement. He can finally publish his long-awaited paper in the journal “Experimental Neurology” 30 years later. Then, the research entered the explosive phase, and new discoveries appeared in various academic journals.
Someone found that the parietal and inferior regions of the left and right hemispheres of Einstein’s brain are very developed, which is 15% more than that of ordinary people. This is very important for a person’s mathematical thinking, imagination, and understanding of visual space.
It was also found that compared with 35 other male brains, the parietal lobe of Einstein’s brain responsible for mathematical ability and spatial reasoning was almost 15% larger. In the middle and frontal part of the frontal lobe used for planning and memory processing, Einstein has an extra fold. In other words, most people have three, but Einstein has four!
However, doubts came quickly: any brain may be somewhat different from other brains. Is it just because of these differences that Einstein became a genius wise man? Einstein was a bilingual and a violinist. How many of these characteristics they discovered were affected by these factors?
Seeing these overwhelming doubts, Harvey fell silent. He did make many reasonable discoveries, but the doubters’ words seemed more convincing. There are so few brains of a genius. Even if a certain “difference” is found, it may have no meaning. He squatted down and began to carefully wipe the remaining 170 brain samples over and over again. The old eyes were full of unconcealed sadness and submission.
These gray slices, even when Harvey is gray-haired, still have infinite magic, but Harvey gradually realized that through the comparison of these samples, he would find the mystery of becoming a genius. Maybe he went wrong from the beginning. Up the direction.
It’s time for things to return to their original owners. Harvey remembered that Einstein had said during his illness that he wanted to do a trip across America. At this time, Einstein’s granddaughter was also living in Los Angeles. To make up for something, he decided to cross the United States and return his brain. Harvey took his brain all the way for a full 4,000-kilometer journey and finally arrived at his destination. However, the other party did not agree to withdraw the brain. In desperation, Harvey had to go back to Princeton Hospital and return the brain that had followed him for half his life to the place where it was taken out. At this time, 43 years have passed since Harvey took Einstein’s brain.