Einstein's Wife: The Real Story Of Mileva Einstein-maric by Allen EstersonEinstein's Wife: The Real Story Of Mileva Einstein-maric by Allen Esterson

Einstein's Wife: The Real Story Of Mileva Einstein-maric

byAllen Esterson, David C. CassidyContribution byRuth Lewin Sime

Hardcover | March 19, 2019

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Was Einstein's first wife his uncredited coauthor, unpaid assistant, or his unacknowledged helpmeet? The real "Mileva Story."

Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Einstein-Maric, was forgotten for decades. When a trove of correspondence between them beginning in their student days was discovered in 1986, her story began to be told. Some of the tellers of the "Mileva Story" made startling claims: that she was a brilliant mathematician who surpassed her husband, and that she made uncredited contributions to his most celebrated papers in 1905, including his paper on special relativity. This book, based on extensive historical research, uncovers the real "Mileva Story."

Mileva was one of the few women of her era to pursue higher education in science; she and Einstein were students together at the Zurich Polytechnic. Mileva's ambitions for a science career, however, suffered a series of setbacks-failed diploma examinations, a disagreement with her doctoral dissertation adviser, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy by Einstein. She and Einstein married in 1903 and had two sons, but the marriage failed. Was Mileva her husband's uncredited coauthor, unpaid assistant, or his essential helpmeet? It's tempting to believe that she was her husband's secret collaborator, but the authors of Einstein's Wife look at the actual evidence, and a chapter by Ruth Lewin Sime offers important historical context. The story they tell is that of a brave and determined young woman who struggled against a variety of obstacles at a time when science was not very welcoming to women.

Title:Einstein's Wife: The Real Story Of Mileva Einstein-maricFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 1.06 inPublished:March 19, 2019Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sleuthing Masterpiece Part biography, part detective story, this book’s main focus is to look for hard evidence supporting the contention that Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Maric, made scientific contributions to some of Einstein’s groundbreaking scientific publications – contributions for which, if real, she did not receive due credit. The book is composed of three parts, each written by one of the book’s three authors. The first part (by Cassidy, about 88 pages) covers Einstein’s and Maric’s early lives – both separate and in marriage. The second part (by Sime, about 6 pages) addresses the problems that women have had in making headway into a scientific profession especially in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. Finally, the third part (by Esterson, about 170 pages), examines allegations that Maric did contribute to Einstein’s groundbreaking scientific work, by looking for hard evidence for it, including the provenance and credibility of the sources of information used in making these assertions. I found this book hard to put down. The meticulous methods used, mainly by Esterson, in analyzing, in depth, each allegation are worthy of a Sherlock Holmes mystery. The writing style is extremely clear and very detailed, scholarly yet highly accessible. It should be of interest to history of science enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in Mileva Maric’s and Albert Einstein’s relationship and married life together.
Date published: 2019-05-14

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Ultimately, the authors conclude, buying into myths about Mileva Einstein-Maric does her a further injustice by denying her a unique place in scientific history.Hers is 'the very human, real story of a fallible, yet brave and determined young woman who, for various reasons, was not able to fulfill her dreams for the career and marriage she had hoped for.' Given the barriers women in science still face, her story remains relevant.-Washington Post