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In the 55 years since Albert Einstein's death, many scientists have tried to figure out what made him so smart.

But no one tried harder than a pathologist named Thomas Harvey, who lost his job and his reputation in a quest to unlock the secrets of Einstein's genius. Harvey never found the answer. But through an unlikely sequence of events, his search helped transform our understanding of how the brain works.

How that happened is a bizarre story that involves a dead genius, a stolen brain, a rogue scientist and a crazy idea that turned out not to be so crazy.

"I remember Saul-Paul Sirag predicting that the glial cells were important in mental function back in the late 1970's at Esalen in Big Sur during the period of the Physics Consciousness Research Group." -- Jack Sarfatti

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Category: Science