The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict
Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein's fame? In 1986, the extraordinary gifted Mileva "Mitza" Maric is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zurich. For her, math seems like an easier path than marriage, until she falls in love with fellow student Albert Einstein. Charismatic and brilliant, Albert promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert's fame grows, is there room for more than one genius in a marriage?
This is the untold story of Albert's first wife, a brilliant scientist in her own right, whose contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated.
from the book jacket
Review: This book was a very interesting look into Mileva Maric's, Albert Einstein's first wife, life. I enjoy reading historical fiction books about women who are little known behind the scenes of a famous man and about how women were strong and forward thinking at a time when women did not have equality. Although even though the women are ahead of their time, they often are treated as non-equals and do nothing or unable to do anything about it which is a disappointment. It was hard for me in this book to decipher truth from fiction. The author says that she did a lot of research into Mileva Maric's life but there is still so much that is so much that is unknown about Maric's assistance with Einstein's theory and her skills as a physicist and mathematician. I think the author takes many liberties with this story but it is still an interesting hypothesis. I wouldn't go into this book thinking that you are going to read the absolute truth about Maric. Make sure to read the author's note at the end of the book and perhaps read it before you read the rest of the story. Other than that this is a fast paced, easy to read story.
Rating: 4 stars