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Published on Sep 25, 2012
 

Einstein's brain is now interactive iPad app

 
 

CHICAGO (AP) - The brain that revolutionised physics now can be downloaded as an app for US$9.99 (S$12.20). But it won't help you win at Angry Birds.

While Albert Einstein's genius isn't included, an exclusive iPad application launched on Tuesday promises to make detailed images of his brain more accessible to scientists than ever before. Teachers, students and anyone who's curious also can get a look.

A medical museum under development in Chicago obtained funding to scan and digitize nearly 350 fragile and priceless slides made from slices of Einstein's brain after his death in 1955. The application will allow researchers and novices to peer into the eccentric Nobel winner's brain as if they were looking through a microscope.

"I can't wait to find out what they'll discover," said Mr Steve Landers, a consultant for the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago who designed the app. "I'd like to think Einstein would have been excited."