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The Other Einstein

October 2016

Albert Einstein brings to mind the words “brilliant” and “eccentric,” along with a vivid visual of his shock of white hair. THE OTHER EINSTEIN by Marie Benedict looks at the man behind the science through the eyes of Mileva “Mitza” Marić, the woman who was his partner in his life --- and, it seems, in his work. Mileva was the physicist who stood at his side to unlock some of the biggest scientific theories of the 20th century. She also was the woman who championed him and held their family together against formidable odds.

The emotional disconnect portrayed between him and his wife and children encourages the idea that Einstein was somewhere on the autism spectrum, explaining his cavalier attitude and jaded purview of both Mileva and their kids. I always knew Einstein was a complicated man, but I was bowled over by the story of his personal life that is uncovered here. Reading about Benedict’s research is interesting and gives insight into the complexities of the scientific and academic worlds during these years. While this is a work of fiction, there surely is truth in this multilayered story. Even if one quibbles with what is true about the science, the realities of Einstein as a family man seem without dispute.

THE OTHER EINSTEIN is perfect reading for fans of LOVING FRANK, THE PARIS WIFE and THE AVIATOR’S WIFE, as this is another look at a woman who was a partner in a famous man’s life, at a time when such partnerships were avant-garde. Book groups, bring on your discussions!

The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict

  • Publication Date: October 18, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
  • ISBN-10: 1492637254
  • ISBN-13: 9781492637257