Summary

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. This 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 20-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.
©2016 Marie Benedict (P)2016 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By K. J. Noyes on 13-03-18

Speculative but powerful look at a woman pioneer

What did you like most about The Other Einstein?

A story I never knew I should know.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Other Einstein?

The meeting and wooing of the two, their meeting of minds at first, but there were many moments that showed me the disadvantage throughout history of being born a woman.

Which character – as performed by Mozhan Marno – was your favourite?

Mitza herself. It's her story and her voice that shines.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Oh yes... without giving too much away it concerned the fate of the protagonist's child. Weeping buckets in the streets, never a good look.

Any additional comments?

Speculative biographical narrative of the woman behind one of modern history's most influential scientists.

4.5 stars. The exact facts may, most likely, never be known, but this really gets you thinking: "who WAS the instigator? Who was the brains? Was it all really who history has led us to believe?

I saw the TV programme with Geoffrey Rush a short while ago and had this book in mind since then. With International Women's Day just past, I decided it was a good time to read about the wife and colleague of Einstein, but whose name I didn't even know.

Mileva “Mitza” Marić. A true story. A Serbian woman, with a limp, fighting to show she deserves her hard-won place at a Polytechnic in Zurich. Treated with disdain by almost everybody, one other student at first shows kindness and later respect for her mind, her ambition and her great talent for mathematics and physics. He is Albert Einstein.

This story charts the rise of Einstein through the eyes of the woman who loved him, and exactly what life there would be for someone in his shadow. Mitza speaks to us directly, and though the author has had to take liberties, surmise, take educated guesses, it feels as though it all COULD be true, things fit the known facts. Mitza shows us just how hard any woman back then would have had to work to show herself even the equal of a man, and how the natural trials of females (pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood, domestic drudgery) severely limited and curtailed their potential. Maddening really.

I loved the scenes with Marie Curie, with two female scientists talking about men. I bawled (while listening on the streets!) to some very upsetting scenes of Mitza's first child and her fate. My feelings about Albert steadily changed through Mizta's story and I'm not sure I will ever think of him in quite the same way again, however many liberties have been taken with the truth.

I sped through this in less than two days, the narrator's voice on audiobook a personal and involving one. Little-known stories in history are those that make it, that the big events are built on. That deserve to be read and known and remembered.

This definitely deserves a wider readership. An early pioneer of important science and a victim of Victorian thinking, Milena both defined and was defined by history.

A sample copy of this audiobook was provided by Nudgebooks for an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By emma on 06-06-17

Fascinating and frustrating

An excellent dramatised account of the life of promising scientist Mitza Maric. The narration is beautiful, and the tale both fascinating and frustrating, as the talented Mitza encounters the prejudice of a male-dominated society, attempting to create a life for herself as a physicist in the shadow of her revered husband.

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By Aileen Ravalo Voyles on 13-03-17

Thoughtfully written

If you like historical fiction, this is a great book for you. Beautifully written. You may get emotional when reading this, you may get upset but just like all great books, it will make you reexamine what history has always told you about life and reexamine how you see your life as well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Savannah on 26-02-17

This book is something you want in your library for life!!

Like many of us, I totally forgot that Albert Einstein had a wife early in his life. She was pushed to the background by society yet she was willing to push back ! A brilliant mathematics and physics scholar. I absolutely admire this remarkable woman!
I was disappointed in Einstein as a person..but I do believe he had some form of Autism which could explain his inability to sustain a relationship unless it was in the context of science.

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