Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

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A brilliant young writer, an 84-year-old pathologist, and Albert Einstein's brain rocket across the country through the palpable zeitgeist of contemporary America. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, "Driving Mr. Albert" is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.

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readerrabbit

May 31, 2007

there's a brain in my tupperware

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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