Book Review Of “The Other Einstein” By Marie Benedict

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  • I Received this book for free, in exchange for participating in the “Blog Tour” for “The Other Einstein”

 

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 Zürich 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. (From Amazon)

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

I will be the first to admit, I was not aware of Mitza Maric, prior to reading this book. (I know, shame on me). However reading the synopsis of this, I was pulled in. Imagine if you will, that behind Einsteins most amazing research and theories, was really insight from his own wife? Back then women were not taken seriously as scholars, most women kept house, and raised children. Mitza Maric seemed to be the exception. Can you imagine the possibilites if Mrs. Maric were alive in a time when educated women were more accepted? There definitely would be no debate, if “The Electrodynamics of the Moving Body” was really Albert’s theory, or Mitza’s theory. I was so captivated by this book, that every night after I finished reading, I got on the internet and researched everything I had just read.

If any of you are debating on reading this, do yourself the favor and pick it up. There is so much written in this book, I don’t want to post much more, because I feel like I could spoil it, for those who really don’t know much about Mrs. Maric, or Albert Einstein for that matter. The history of this couple, the obstacles they overcame, and the heartache that occurs, all for it to end the way it did, is really such a tragedy.  I will add, although this is a fiction book, a lot of the content is truly debated in the science world. So while based on fiction, there really is some truth to it as well.