The Other Einstein

The Other Einstein

by Marie Benedict


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"The Other Einstein takes you into Mileva's heart, mind, and study as she tries to forge a place for herself in a scientific world dominated by men."-Bustle

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492647584
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 9,643
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies.

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The Other Einstein: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story for all young women to read.
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
Mileva Maric – a name I’ll not soon forget! She is definitely someone to research further, someone for scientists and thinkers today to learn from. Mileva was Albert Einstein’s first wife, and through Ms. Benedict’s eyes, we get a glimpse of what their life might have been. This is a very precarious task, as with all historical fiction, for author and reader must be careful not to override or twist the reality they are building from. Ms. Benedict does a fantastic job of creating the time period in which the two would have met – the depth of research and care for her subject is evident! As a highly intelligent woman who fought for every inch of learning she could achieve, it is a shame students don’t learn about Mileva and her work like they do Albert’s, or even other noted women scientists throughout history. She is definitely a role model for pushing yourself to your highest potential, and never letting the nay-sayers get in the way of your goal. A very interesting read that makes the reader want to dig deeper! I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Mitza Maric, Albert Einstein's first wife and the mother of three of his children. There is so much to tell about this fascinating woman. She was brilliant and was a partner in many of the couple's theories. Today it is still a hot issue as to how much input she made into Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Mitza was one of the rare girls in her time allowed to get a higher education however she became a fellow student of Albert Einstein and proved herself in the study of physics. However, she competed against five other male students in a male-taught class. However, the friendship she developed with Einstein turned into a partnership she was not looking for but challenged both of them. However, can marriage survive when there are two highly intelligent people in a marriage. I was given this book by NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Landmark in exchange for my honest review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
The Other Einstein By Marie Benedict Mileva Marić was determined to master both physics and mathematics. In 1896 the Swiss Federal Polytechnic university in Zürich, Switzerland was one of the few places that allowed women to enter its doors of higher education and earn a degree. In a world that frowned upon women pursuing education Mileva had another strike against her - her Serbian heritage. She was resigned to the life of an academic but then she met Albert Einstein and her life and history were forever altered. As a fellow student at Polytechnic Albert Einstein forced, through persistence, his way into Mileva's life. But academia and romance were not an option for a woman intent on pursuing the higher sciences and science was the passion that Mileva's heart desired. But when Albert pulled her into the world of intellectual discussion with her fellow students a new world of thought and collaboration opened before her. And for the first time in her life Mileva considered the possibility of a life that held the promise of both science and marriage. When Albert promises her a life as his equal Mileva allows herself to be swayed be his unique and disheveled charms. But loving a genius is no easy task as Mileva soon discovers. And the sacrifices she makes for her role in the collaboration of Ein Stein as her husband references them will have a marked effect on her life. The Other Einstein is a look at a marriage that is at times beautiful and at other times troubling. It would be interesting to see how different Mileva's life would have been had she been born in a different time or if she had crossed paths with Albert Einstein only as a fellow student. His was an overpowering and oppressive personality that Mileva too late recognized. He was too busy blaming others for his problems when it likely could be laid at his own lack of personal drive and ego. The Other Einstein focuses on Mileva and her thoughts and feelings but it is obvious that the man who promised to treat her as an equal resented her role in his success and was determined to keep her and contributions hidden away in the shadows. But Mileva was a woman who overcame obstacles throughout her life and Albert's unexpected change was the latest to overcome. This is a book that adds a hidden facet to the life of Albert Einstein and world that he called his own. Historical fiction can be a tricky subject to tackle and Marie Benedict manages to not only conquer it but make it fascinating as one leaves one century behind for another. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinions.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
This book is well-written and will suck you in emotionally and intellectually which makes it easy to believe every single word. But you shouldn't. This is a work of author's collection of assumptions and what if's in regards to Einstein and his first wife, Mileva. A re-imagining. Serious implications in this novel include emotional and physical domestic abuse, marital infidelity, child neglect/absentee parenting, fraud, idea hijacking, credit stealing, the list goes on. While reading, I didn't know this was fiction and the author doesn't tell her readers that it's not a factual biography until an author's note at the very end. Like I said in the beginning, it's a well-written book, but readers should be aware from the start.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own. The Other Einstein is an incredibly well-written book that any woman, even of today, can relate to in some way. Many readers will be sad and angry after reading, and no one who has read this book will ever be able to imagine Albert Einstein the same way ever again. I have always been a lover of historical fiction, typically that told from a female point of view. I think this may because a feminine POV typically includes more than timelines and heroic deeds. Often it also includes social and personal context on historical events. Or maybe that's the "fiction" aspect of historical fiction. In any case, seeing history from a very personal point of view is appealing to me. The Other Einstein certainly delivers this personal aspect to history. So much so that, several days after reading the book (in nearly one sitting), I still feel sad and angry, as if I'm mourning. I guess I am; I'm mourning the school-textbook and pop-culture image of Albert Einstein as a brilliant man and something of the "crazy uncle" of modern science. The Other Einstein tells the story of Mileva Maric, a brilliant woman whose father steers her toward the scholarly life, rather than the domestic one, due to her intelligence and a physical handicap—a twisted hip resulting in a limp. Mileva is one of only a handful of women allowed to matriculate in the universities at the end of the 19th century. She endures prejudice and bullying for her daring, but she perseveres, knowing that science is her passion and believing it is the only option she really has. Until she meets Albert Einstein, who offers her a life of both science and love, of the kind of belonging and acceptance that solitary Mileva has never had. What comes next is a story in much the same vein as the 2014 film, Big Eyes—a charismatic and narcissistic Albert taking credit for Mileva's work and slowly stealing her sense of worth until she is a hollow shell of herself, then finally angry enough to make a change. I love the exchange Mileva has with Marie Curie in the book. In it, Madame Curie, in a very subtle and 19th century way, tries to encourage Mileva to stand up for herself, to take credit for her work, and to be the breakthrough female scientist she was born to be. Madame Curie is a fantastic opposite to Mileva and shows the reader what Mileva's path could have been without Albert. I also adore how the author, or perhaps Mileva herself, has framed her life in terms of Newton's 3 Laws of Motion. What a perfect metaphor for Mileva's life before, with, and after Albert. There is so much I could say about this book, so much to talk about. I'm much too independent of a reader for book clubs, but The Other Einstein makes even me want to join up and talk about all the wonderful themes and ideas it contains—feminism now and in history, independence vs. belonging, the strong need for acceptance, sacrifice, family, domestic relations, intellectual capital, psychological manipulations, living with narcissists, mental health, race and gender relations, the wonder of science, and so much more. But, I think this review is too long already. :) This book seems to me to be one of high cultural value in today's world. We need to hear more stories of women's achievements, particularly in math and science. We need to know how history treated women, both good and bad. We need to hear more of the truth behind
BeesKneesBookishKorner More than 1 year ago
*Orginally posted on The Bees Knees Bookish Korner **This ARC was given to me from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The blurb for this book had me and I knew that I needed to request it from Net Galley. I’ve read all the “wife” books listed and I’ve also read Z, all of which I enjoyed and learned so much. Benedict drew from resources such as letters written from the Einsteins to each other, as well as other papers, documents, and books written about the Einsteins. She brilliantly takes this research and weaves a novel of excitement, joy, heartbreak, and science. You get to know this much lesser known Einstein and you learn to love her, sympathize with her, and root for her in the end. Mitza comes from an Eastern European upbringing in a time when most Europeans were unaccepting of these peoples and furthermore, women were homemakers and nothing else. With the nontraditional encouragement of her father, Mitza studies physics in an environment filled of men and in classrooms where she constantly has to prove herself and her intellect. She meets Albert in class and a romance ensues. Does she give up her dreams of becoming a scientist to marry Albert or is it possible to find a balance and a place in his scientific world? I very thoroughly enjoyed this novel and getting to know Mitza. I accept the liberties that Benedict took and the suppositions that she made because this is, after all, a fiction novel. In the end, it only made me wish that more documents, letters, etc., are in existence so that I could do some further research myself and find definitive answers. Benedict’s writing does this for the reader; it makes you want to know more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. What an incredible story. Romance and betrayal, real life and brilliance in one piece of extraordinary history. Albert Einstein comes to life here but it's his wife, Mileva who is the rock star. Loved this. Highly recommended.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Well, I guess I don't know history as well as I thought I did. The Other Einstein could mean a couple things here. The more obvious "other" Einstein being Mileva Einstein, Albert's first and brilliant wife. It could also refer to the "other" Einstein being Albert himself, and a side of his life and personality that isn't often shown in your traditional histories. Both aspects of this Other Einstein are fascinating and not what I expected at all. Mileva is an incredibly brilliant woman - possibly more so than Einstein himself - and she is unable to resist the charm of a young Albert at school. They seem to be the perfect couple, their wit and personalities complimenting each other while the intellects feed off each other's thoughts and ideas. It seems as if the stage is set for quite an amazing happily every after. But soon things begin to change, and this was the part that I found quite fascinating. Watching the change in their relationship as it morphed into a completely different thing than when it first began, it is hardly recognizable. At times the changes were quite subtle and hard to notice, while others were shocking in their suddenness. This was a great historical story that takes you deep into Western and Eastern European culture. At times the events were just a tad drawn out without a lot of momentum to them, but perhaps this was just to show the times where their lives seemed to come to a stand still. Definitely a book I would recommend. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a fee electronic copy of this book from Netgalley, Marie Benedict, and Sourcebooks Landmark in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your work with me. This is an exceptional historical novel, based on the life of Mileva “Mitza” Marić, an brilliant physicist and in 1896 the only female studying at the famed Zurich University and one of the first females to study science at university level in all of Europe. and a fellow student and the first wife and mother of his sons, of Albert Einstein. For over a century there has been controversy over how much of the theory of relativity was Mitza's mindchild, and what was Albert's honest conclusion. This is fiction, but based on a great deal of research into the life of Mitza and Albert, including years of their letters to one another. And though It slightly dimmed the glow I have for Albert, it certainly shines a special light on Mileva “Mitza” Marić. It is a novel - and a viewpoint - I am pleased to have been exposed to and would recommend to history lovers, science enthusiasts, and folks interested in women's history.
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At least one account I’d previously read about Albert Einstein attributed the mathematical calculations to support the theory of relativity to his wife. This book delves much further into his wife’s potential contributions in a very personal and engaging way.
BMedvid More than 1 year ago
This was a selection for my book club. It tells the story of Mitza Maric, a gifted woman, who met Einstein while studying physics with him at Zurich University. She fell in love with him, married him, and, some might argue, sacrificed herself to him. I didn’t know that Einstein was even married so I thought a historical fiction about his first wife would be informative and interesting. I was really looking forward to this monthly book club selection. The novel delivered on being informative and it had me researching the events described and people depicted in the story. I was interested in discovering more about his first wife and their children. I wanted to investigate more about the author’s claim that Mitza was a major contributor to (and to some extent the creator of) Einstein’s theory of relativity. I what wanted to know which parts of the novel were based on fact and which parts were completely fictitious. When writing historical fiction, I believe the author needs to create a realistic/believable motivation for the real characters’ actions. I do not think the author delivered well on this. Mitza was portrayed as being different and set apart for her entire life. She was raised to value her education and learning above all else. I found many of Mitza’s decisions after she met Einstein to be inconsistent with the character portrayed before meeting Einstein. It did seem like the same person. It did ring or hold true for me. I found myself angry at her decisions and behavior. It did not make sense for the character. For me, reading this novel also knocked Einstein off of his pedestal. He was portrayed as a selfish, self-absorbed, glory-seeking jerk. It was hard to believe how he so callously destroyed the things he claimed to respect and love about Mitza. The writing in the novel was not at a level that could make up for the character inconsistencies either. I was disappointed with this selection and would not recommend it for others.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Marie Benedict's The Other Einstein was a fascinating read, and one that is significantly adding to my TBR pile--with nonfiction, for a change! (Lots of great suggestions in the author's note at the end--thanks, Ms. Benedict!) The author freely admits that her book is a fictionalization of Mileva Maric Einstein's life and that she makes use of much speculation (especially with regards to exactly how much of a contribution the first Mrs. Einstein made to her husband's famous Theory of Relativity--I'd love to think that her version is the truth, but it's probably a bit of a stretch and I doubt it could ever be proved), and as such I kind of hoped that Albert wasn't as much of a, well, b@stard as he seems to be in the book. Though I can still hope that at least one pretty jarring scene is completely fictional, Princeton University has been kind enough to publish volumes of Einstein's writings and correspondence and their English translations online, and I've now read the memorandum myself that made me gasp out loud when I read that part of the book (18 July 1014, Memorandum to Mileva Einstein-Maric, with comments in Volume 8--but don't read it until after you've read the book!) and then the next few letters after that one, and...just whoa. I'm not sure I'll ever hear the name "Albert Einstein" again and be able to think purely happy thoughts about him. How can a man be so scientifically brilliant and so spectacularly not brilliant in his personal life? (Interesting side note from the letters, not the book, since Mileva wouldn't have known this: Albert wouldn't let his second wife/cousin(!) Elsa be there when he spent time with his sons from his first marriage, because "it is not right to have the children see their father with a woman other than their own mother" yet he had no such scruples about divorcee Elsa's children from her first marriage spending time with their mother and a man who wasn't their own father...double-standard much? Oh, and just to really make it next to impossible to look up to him as a father figure and husband--he apparently briefly considered proposing to Elsa's 20-year-old daughter Ilsa instead... Yeah. He's a prince among men. But a brilliant scientist.) Anyway. Though the story was a bit slow in parts, overall I quite enjoyed it. I look forward to both reading more about Mileva (and her children!) and more from Ms. Benedict in the future. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
LudwigJG More than 1 year ago
Was not a good read and people forget this is in fiction and is a fictionalized account from the. mind of the writer. Other books like "Hidden Figures" has more documentation then this which is no better the a monster less versions of Twilight or 50 Shades, if you discount the evil man taking credit for the woman work. I would give a higher rating it it was not passed off as reality that is intact fiction.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no idea of Alberta's treatment of his wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many contemporary sources exist to debunk the truth of this story. There is only Einstein first wife, not his extraordinary early partner. History does not deserve this rubbish.