Books: Einstein Rides Shotgun

Michael Paterniti's road trip with the physicist's brain has plenty of detours, but not much drive

In April 1955 pathologist Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy at Princeton (N.J.) Hospital on the cadaver of Albert Einstein. After determining that Einstein died of a burst aneurysm in the abdominal aorta, Dr. Harvey veered just a bit from protocol by making a circular incision in the great man's head, removing the 2.7-lb. brain and dissecting it into 240 pieces before taking the 20th century's most important gray matter home in a glass jar filled with formaldehyde.

It sounds like the stuff of B movies, but when Michael Paterniti tracks Harvey down in New Jersey nearly a half-century later in Driving...

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