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The Other Einstein: A Novel Paperback – August 29, 2017
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- ASIN : 1492647586
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition (August 29, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781492647584
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492647584
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Mileva falls for the persistent Einstein, she is taken in by his affable charm, but he does show his selfish side fairly quickly especially when their daughter becomes gravely ill. It really seems as if he cares about no one except himself never meeting his own daughter and only caring about when Mileva will return to take care of him.
Once she returns to him and throws her feelings of sorrow into science, they jointly write many journal articles and theories together with her writing the Theory of Relativity practically alone. Once again, he shows his shelfishness by asking for her name to be removed form all work when he submits it to publishers. But yet he constantly refers to her as "only thinking of herself".
Mileva and eventually their two sons often feel neglected by him and although she has merit to be discouraged, much of the book seemed to be whining to me. It may be because I am a modern woman and wanted her to defend herself the entire time taking credit where credit was due and kicking his selfish tush to the curb. With that being said, I was relieved that she finally saw the light and made decisions the second half of her life that finally benefitted her. I knew virtually nothing about the personal side of Albert Einstein so it was enlightening in that way and also made me interested to read a biography of his and Mileva's life.
There just wasn't any suspense or conflict until a little at the very end. It was mostly undercurrents of bias, which wasn't enough to hold my interest. The cover design is gorgeous, though.
This book follows the life and career of Mileva Maric, who will eventually become Mrs. Einstein. She is a Serbian girl who has great skill in mathematics and physics. Her father encourages her education, partly because she was born with a limp and the family believes no one will marry her. With her father's help and encouragement, she is accepted at university in Zurich Switzerland. She lives in a pension with three other brilliant girls who are in the city to attend universities. She is the only female in her physics class and the professor does not hide his contempt. Mileva works hard and excels beyond her male peers. Albert Einstein is one of her classmates and he is clearly smitten with her. She resists at first because she wants to be taken seriously as a scholar and because she does not want to derail her education. Albert wears her down, despite the warnings of her best friend Helene. Also, Helene meets and eventually marries a man, thus breaking their pact to remain single and career focused.
Albert and Mileva have a wonderful courtship and he treats her as an intellectual equal. They work together. He also pressures her to adopt a Bohemian lifestyle. By Bohemian, he means have sex out of wedlock. She becomes pregnant and has a daughter. She is unable to graduate and does not earn her degree. At this point their relationship slowly disintegrates. Albert is unable to find work, partly due to his arrogant attitude. He refuses to meet his daughter and she dies very young. The death deeply affects Mileva. Albert later marries her, despite the opposition of his family and they have two sons. The relationship sours further.
The premise of this story is that Mileva is the one who actually discovered and articulated the Theory of Relativity while she was mourning for her daughter. Albert and Mileva co-write the paper, though he removes her name without her knowledge. He publishes all their work under his name and gives her no credit. He also becomes an increasingly bitter, nasty, egotistical, and vindictive man. Mileva wants a divorce, but that is not an easy thing in the early 1900's.
Mileva's real role in the Theory of Relativity is unknown. Among scientists and scholars, some believe she was a sounding board for Albert, others believe that she did the mathematical equations for his theories, and some believe she is the author. I enjoyed this book because I learned about science at the turn of the 20th century. I was enraged at the treatment of women, especially the way that intelligent women were belittled and looked upon with suspicion. There were several times when I was internally screaming at Mileva to grow a spine or at least bash Albert in the head with a book! In other words, the characters and the story evoked strong feelings for me. And that is a sign of a good book!