In the shadow of Einstein

TRAGICAL FATE: The unreasonable treatment of hopeful scientist Mileva Einstein-Marić continued after her death.

Ciftci is a journalist and actor.
Published: 2020-02-10
Einstein's Wife - The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Marić
Author: Allen Esterson David C. Cassidy Ruth Lewin Sime
The MIT Press, United Kingdom

The Serbian physicist and mathematician Mileva Einstein-Mari (1875–1948) was one of the few women of his time who took higher science education. She became Albert Einstein's (1879–1955) first wife. Together they had their daughter Lieserl out of wedlock and sons Hans Albert and Eduard while married.

I Einstein's Wife reveals the true and tragic story of Maric, the so-called Mileva Story, based on documentation such as letters and transcripts. Through these we gain insight into how Maric went from being a gifted student with the entire world for her feet to becoming a sick, depressed and divorced housewife.

The book is divided into three main sections with sub-chapters, except for the second section, which consists of only seven pages. In the first part, Professor Emeritus outlines David C. Cassidy the life course of Maric, who turned 73 years old. In the second part, the science historian puts Ruth Lewin Sime her in the context of contemporary women who also struggled to gain a foothold in academia, and in the last and longest section reveals the British math and physics teacher Allen Esterson "Mileva Story".

From student to housewife

In the fall of 1896, Maric and Albert Einstein to study at the Zurich Polytechnic Institute in Switzerland. Marić becomes the fifth in a series of women to be admitted to a faculty of science. She is painfully aware that gender discrimination in academia is strong and that few women are able to complete the course of study, but initially she is not affected by this.

During the study period, the collaboration between Maric and Einstein develops rapidly, both professionally and privately. Already in 1897 she left Zurich to study a semester at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, for unknown reasons. It is wondered if she is leaving not to be distracted by her feelings for Einstein. In that case, the distance works against his will. The famous exchange of letters starts then, and the platonic relationship becomes even stronger than before.

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When Einstein eventually tells his mother that he wants to marry Maric, she replies: "You are ruining your future and your opportunities. She is a book, just like you, but you need a…

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