Albert Einstein was a super genius because his brain was built that way. According to a new study, Einstein’s brain was designed to hold in the type of information needed to succeed in science.
The report discovered by LiveScience examined photographs of the famed physicist’s brain. Researchers found that Einstein’s brain had unusually complex folding patterns in several areas, particularly his frontal lobe.
According to co-author Dean Falk:
“It’s a really sophisticated part of the human brain … And [Einstein's] is extraordinary.”
Extra folds in the human brain have been theorized to hold more links between brain cells, allowing for a better structured brain with better problem solving skills.
According to Falk:
“He did thought experiments where he’d imagine himself riding alongside a beam of light, and this is exactly the part of the brain one would expect to be very active.”
Einstein’s brain was sliced into sections after his death. Pathologist Thomas Harvey, who performed the famed scientist’s autopsy, then photographed the slices to be used for a future book. While that book was never written, the photographs eventually made their way to the study’s authors by way of Einsteins relatives.
The full study is published in the Oxford Journal alongside pictures of Einstein’s brain including the photograph shown above.
While a strong brain with extra folds may explain how Einstein was able to retain and process information faster than other people, it was his drive that ultimately led to his Theory of Relativity and his other contributions to the scientific space.