See 100+ year old pics of mathematician Charles Babbage's brain

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

A 1909 report on the brain of famed mathematician Charles Babbage has surfaced on the public domain, showing off some surreal shots of the late genius' mind.

Yeah, file this one under WTF.

The pics were published at The Public Domain Review, culled from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. The name of the report says it all: "Description of the Brain of Mr. Charles Babbage, F.R.S." After his death, Babbage's brain was removed and placed in storage for study by the Hunterian Trustees.

Babbage, who died in 1871, is credited with inventing the first mechanical, programmable computer—a discovery that would eventually lead to the modern-day concept of PCs.

The fascinating full report on Babbage's brain has also been published.

Check out the pics of Babbage's brain in the gallery below:

(Via Public Domain Review)