the wonder brain of albert einstein

There are six main differences
between German physicist Albert
Einstein’s brain and those of
ordinary human beings. First,
Einstein had a greater number of
glial brain cells to feed the neurons
in his brain, suggesting the nerve
cells in his brain needed more
fueling cells because they
consumed more nourishment as a
result of higher brain activity.
Secondly, at roughly 1,200 grams
(2.64 pounds), Einstein’s brain
weighed at least 200 grams (0.44
pounds) less than the average male
brain for his time period. Thirdly,
portions of Einstein’s brain, such as
the cerebral cortex, were thinner, yet
more saturated with neurons, than
corresponding areas inside
mainstream brains.
A fourth difference is that deep
furrows, formally called sulci, sliced
Einstein’s brain in the right parietal
lobe and the left parietal lobe; these
two areas are responsible for
calculations and math aptitude.
Also, Einstein’s brain had an
unusually wide berth that was
nearly 20-percent wider than the
average human. The sixth and final
difference was that a fragment of
Einstein’s brain was missing; not
only was his lateral sulcus , or
Sylvian fissure, shorter than normal,
but it was not whole.
The abundance of glial cells in the
mathematical genius has been the
most researched anomaly within
Einstein’s brain. Neurologists who
have studied the high percentage of
glial cells in the left and right sides
of both the frontal lobe and the
parietal lobe of Einstein’s brain
theorize that this is evidence his
brain consumed more energy than
normal people. Every human brain is
composed of both nerve cells and
glial cells. While the nerve cells
create synapses while synthesizing
information, memory, language and
learning processes, the glial cells
are the assistant cells that provide
energy for all the brain’s processes,
including thinking and
Without glial cells, neurons could
not function. Besides providing
nutrition, glial cells insulate neurons
and clean the brain of dead nerve
cells. The increase in glial cells was
located mostly on the left side of
Einstein’s brain, which would
correlate with his greater ability for
left-brain logic and analysis.
The differences found in Einstein’s
brain have been subject to
controversy. Many critics chide that
researchers only studied four small
sections of the brain and not an
extensive amount. Also, the brain
was compared to an extremely
small control group of less than a
dozen people, limiting comparison.
Furthermore, many of the subjects in
the control group were at least two
decades younger than Einstein,
prompting critics to suggest his
brain disparities might merely be
linked to his age. The lack of
comparison to other geniuses and
innovators of Einstein’s caliber is
also a drawback, critics claim

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