Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

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Dial Press, 2000 - Travel - 211 pages
Albert Einstein's brain floats in formaldehyde in a Tupperware(R) bowl in a gray duffel bag in the trunk of a Buick Skylark barreling across America. Driving the car is Michael Paterniti, a young journalist from Maine. Sitting next to him is an eighty-four-year-old pathologist named Thomas Harvey who performed the autopsy on Einstein in 1955--and simply removed the brain and took it home. And kept it for over forty years.
On a cold February day, the two men and the brain leave New Jersey and light out on I-70 for sunny California, where Einstein's perplexed granddaughter, Evelyn, awaits. And riding along as the imaginary fourth passenger is Einstein himself, an id-driven genius, the original galactic slacker with his head in the stars.
Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, and part meditation, Driving Mr. Albert is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature. With the brain as both cargo and talisman, Paterniti perceives every motel, truck-stop diner, and roadside attraction as a weigh station for the American dream in the wake of the scientist's mind-blowing legacy. Finally, inspired by the man who gave a skeptical world a glimpse of its cosmic origins, this extraordinary writer weaves his own unified field theory of time, love, and the power to believe, once again, in eternity.

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I had hopes that Driving Mr. Albert would make for an interesting read. After all, "A Trip Across America With Einstein's Brain", could have lots of potential. This book fell short of my expectations ... Read full review

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I enjoyed this book. Some of it was a bit "sciencey" for me, but it is about Einstein so, understandable. The parts about the road trip itself it really quite good. Some of the adventures are quite humorous and the two travelers are quirky and fun. Read full review

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Michael Paterniti won the 1998 National Magazine Award for his article "Driving Mr. Albert," which was first published in Harper's Magazine. A former executive editor of Outside, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Details, and Esquire, where he is writer-at-large. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife and son.

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