Staff Pick: The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict

The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict

The Other Einstein“Mileva Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-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 Mileva 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 the  Amazon review

I chose this book to get a historical fiction view of Albert Einstein. I read this book in a matter of days because I was fascinated by the first Mrs. Einstein and her universal struggle between love, marriage, family, and a challenging career.  As you can guess, since Mileva was the first Mrs. Einstein, her struggle for recognition beyond her personal boundaries was not successful, much to the discredit of Mr. Einstein’s ego and goals.

If you like historical fiction, set in some gorgeous European cities, I highly recommend The Other Einstein.  And then forever after you (like me) will wonder about the true source of the theory of relativity. Hmmmmm?!  –  Contributed by Shirley, Youth Services

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