The Other Einstein

The Other Einstein

by Marie Benedict

Overview:In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, 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.

MitzaMaric 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.

Debbie Weiss (01/28/18): Mitza Maric was born in 1875 in Serbia and as a young girl loved math and physics and excelled in these two subjects. She was encouraged by her father to attend higher education in physics at the Zurich Polytechnic, one of very few females who attended that educational institution. She was determined to dedicate her life to educational and scientific pursuits.

Albert Einstein was a classmate at the Polytechnic and pursued Mitza romatically. They fell in love and married. This is the story of Mrs. Einstein, a brilliant individual who gave up her formal scientific career to be a wife and mother. I never knew that Albert Einstein was married and in this book we learn how he took advantage of this brilliant woman. Mitza helped him with his studies and research, but received no recognition for her contributions. Albert was a mean and uncaring individual.

I really enjoyed this book, but became mad at Mitza for giving up her promising academic career to become subservient to the "great" Albert Einstein. I will never think of Albert Einstein the same way again.
Rating: ****

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