The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict book review



A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history. What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century. In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever.


What a brilliant read. This is utterly a beautiful re-imagining. This book focuses on Albert Einstein’s wife.She was one of the first women to study science at her level in Europe at the given time period. This book focuses on her and her sheer genius. This vivid story comes to life as you are thrown in to her time and place and get a glimpse of what life was like for women at the time. There were so many prejudices. For women everywhere this is such a powerful read! You see her fight so hard for equality and her own rights while standing next to her famous husband who received all kinds of credit. This novel in of its own-self is a tad but still worth the time. The book unfolds gracefully as you get to see the woman cast in a mans great shadow who was quite possibly more brilliant than him. 4 stars from me. Thank you netgalley for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.

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