The Other Einstein

The Other Einstein

A Novel

Book - 2016
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The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781492637257
1492637254
Branch Call Number: FIC BENEDICT, MARIE
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 24 cm

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Mayflower94 Aug 31, 2017

This historical fiction is written from Einstein's first wife Mileva's perspective, based on the newly discovered letters between the Einsteins. It offers us a glimpse into the domestic side, even petty side of Albert Einstein.

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dixieboggs
Aug 28, 2017

There were no references in this book other than the "author's brief notes". The author notes that Mileva Einstein's involvement with Albert Einstein's work was debated in the physics world. Also, there were letters written between Mileva & Albert which were discovered in 1980. The letters discussed projects Mileva & Albert worked on together, but the letters did not clarify the extent of Mileva's involvement. Personally, I felt this book was pure fiction (no references to offer credibility to the author - Marie Benedict.) I plan to read "Einstein's biography by the author Walter Isaacson" possibly Isaacson will present references, facts, and a more realistic view of the life of Albert & Mileva Einstein. Of course the book is a Novel - pure fiction.

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m0mmyl00
May 01, 2017

Milena won a rare place for a woman in the early 1900s as a physics student at a university in Zurich. She committed herself to forgoing the tradition sources of happiness and security -- husband and family -- in favor of a life devoted to science. Then she met Albert, a fellow student. After several years of fairly gentlemanly, if a little unorthodox, and persistent pursuit, he persuaded her to declare her love for him. Together they would revolutionize the scientific world. As a scientist, he was next to none; as a human being, he left something to be desired. When Milana became pregnant, he was interested only insofar as to insist that the baby girl be hidden lest her existence outside of marriage jeopardize his job in a patent office. But he missed Milena and talked her into joining him and leaving her baby' with her mother. In a year and a half, they never visited their child. Milena's mother summoned her when the little girl was 18 months old because she was gravely ill with scarlet fever. She ended up dying (at least Milena went to see her then). Albert couldn't understand why Milena was so sad.

As a further betrayal, Albert claimed sole credit for their scientific papers, even after he promised to share the credit 50/50 with her. Finally, Milena found a letter from his cousin Elsa in which their love was mentioned. Milena couldn't forgive him for these betrayals, but wanted to maintain the marriage for the sake of their two sons. He drew up an insulting and degrading list of demands spelling out the conditions under which he would agree to stay with her, i.e., she would do his laundry and keep his room and office clean, but was not to expect him to spend time with her in the evenings; she would stop talking to him when he asked; etc. Milena realized unhappily that she already adhered to most of his demeaning rules.

In the end, they divorced and Albert married Elsa.

This book was not really historical enough to be considered historical fiction, as it was based on controversial conjecture stirred up by the recent discovery of Albert's letters. There is not a consensus that Milena helped Albert with any of his scientific work or that their daughter died. In addition, the writing was pedestrian, the dialogue unbelievable, and her inner dialogue stilted and unrealistic. Beauty it was interesting to see how women were treated and how they treated themselves in that place and time. They were trapped by societal norms and expectations, and had not yet come to realize that they themselves acted as their own imprisoners.

The book spurred me to do a little additional internet research on the Einsteins, but it was only a passable read.

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haileyj
Mar 05, 2017

Although I had previously read about Mileva Einstein's possible contribution to the great work by Albert Einstein, this novel came at it from a slightly different perspective. It makes that possibility seem even more likely. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and only wished that Mileva hadn't allowed herself to be pushed to the side as much as she was. Obviously that was how women were treated in that era though we note that Marie Curie was recognized for her contributions to science at the same time. Perhaps she had a more modern husband? Albert Einstein came across as narcissistic and egocentric which was likely what he really was.

AL_CATHERINE Mar 01, 2017

Fascinating, infuriating, and somewhat controversial! I thoroughly enjoyed this look at the little known first wife of Albert Einstein. My one complaint is that I'd have liked to have a more robust author's note about liberties taken and historical accuracy.

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Irene99
Dec 24, 2016

Beautifully written, very engaging historical fiction, that may help explain why we don't hear much from brilliant women in history.

abruzzo79 Nov 12, 2016

Sad tale revealing a "genius" who treated his wife badly.

LPL_IlkaI Sep 18, 2016

The clever title of this novel alone has my attention due to the colloquial use of Einstein in the modern day lexicon. That and the plot involves a strong willed female that happens to be a brilliant physicist. Did I also mention she is married to Albert Einstein? Within The Other Einstein is a historical fiction that plays with the possible truth that Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, may have secretly contributed to his work and I, for one, am intrigued. Maybe one day someone will pen a novel about the REAL William Shakespeare.

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thai
Sep 27, 2017

Other: Masquerades as researched - beware this is fiction!

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