Driving Mr. Albert

Driving Mr. Albert

A Trip Across America With Einstein's Brain

Book - 2000
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Albert Einstein's brain floats in formaldehyde in a Tupperware® 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. Albertis 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.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, c2000.
ISBN: 9780385333009
Branch Call Number: 616.07/PATE
Characteristics: 211p. 22cm.


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Jul 15, 2014

I like this man's writing, but it isn't terribly gripping or so interesting that I can't put the book down. In fact, it's kind of the opposite, and at this point with so much else to do and to read, I may not finish the book. Oh, well.....

kellnerm Jan 22, 2014

from nyt original story was "the telling room"

Sep 14, 2013

Writing was decent, but somehow expected it to be more than it was. Interesting little story, but disjointed and in the end - a little pointless?

lizmacc Jan 18, 2011

Ok this book is 180 pages of surrealism. Why would anyone save Einstein's brain. In theory it was for research.
Some great laughs and a little relativity thrown in.


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