Albert Einstein’s Brain On Display in 3D

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Albert Einstein (credit: ARTHUR SASSE/AFP/Getty Images)

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SILVER SPRING, Md. — A military museum in Silver Spring is exhibiting what it calls the first three-dimensional image of Albert Einstein’s brain.

It’s part of a brain science exhibit at the National Museum of Health and Medicine on display through May.

The image is based on photographs made by pathologist Thomas Harvey before he sliced the brain into microscopically thin sections for scientific study after the famed physicist died in 1955.

Visitors to the museum can use a touch screen to view the brain from different angles.

They can also view hundreds of brain slices on a 60-inch screen as if they were looking through a microscope.

Images of the brain slices have been available since September on an iPad application developed by the museum’s satellite branch in Chicago.

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