Einstein's brain on display

The exhibition at The Wellcome Trust features a selection of real brains. Credit: AP

The brain of the famous physicist Albert Einstein has gone on display in central London.

It is the star attraction at an exhibition put on by The Wellcome Trust, entitled "Brains: the mind as matter".

Curator Dr Marius Kwint said: "The exhibition shows how a single, fragile organ has become the object of modern society's most profound hopes, fears and beliefs, and some of its most extreme practices and advanced technologies."

"The brain is the most complex entity in the known universe and the exhibition is a fascinating exploration of how humans have tried to come to terms with this infinitely mysterious organ."