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Pickled Brains


The Soviets didn’t start it. The brains of the great mathematicians Carl
Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) and Lejeune Dirichlet (1805-1859), suitably
pickled, are kept at the Physiology Department of the University of
Goettingen, where both taught and died. Bernhard Riemann, the hero of my
forthcoming book, escaped this fate, prudently dying in an Italian vacation
resort, far from the scalpels of academic physiologists.


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