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The Other Einstein

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  23,679 ratings  ·  3,309 reviews
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. It 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 v ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Angela M
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it

It's always a dilemma for me to rate books about the woman behind the famous man and I usually wonder just how much influence they have and this was no exception. Even though this a fictionalized account, I have have questions about how much is real, how much is imagined more so than in other novels of this kind. What I know about Einstein can be summed up easily. He was a brilliant scientist, famous for E=mcsquared equation , the theory of relativity and by all pictures I've seen, he had unruly
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book.

Perhaps it is just me, but I think I hold writers of historical fiction to a different standard than other fiction writers. If a historical fiction writer is creating a story about real people (as opposed to creating fictionalized characters set during a specific era or historic event), then I expect that the big details about that real person's life will be correct. Otherwise, readers can come away with a view of history that is entirely incorrect. (This is one
Pouting Always
Mitza Maric has dreams of being more than a wife, a brilliant physics student she plans to pursue a degree in 1896 and is the only female in her classes. Mitza is also disabled and has never expected any man to ever be interested in her and want to marry her. When she meets Albert Einstein though things begin to change and she rethinks the life she has pictured for herself, ending up caught between her ambition and love.

The book was well written and I did like Mitza, and I know we've all had th
Suzanne Leopold
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mileva Maric was the only female student studying physics at a prestigious university in Zurich in 1896. It is here that she met a young student in her class named Albert Einstein. Albert takes an interest in her, and a romantic relationship evolves between them. This book details how their relationship changes over time

Written in the voice of Mileva, this historical novel is about the difficulties she encountered while married to Einstein. What starts as a young exciting relationship turns into
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't get through it. I'm bored. Also, I find it strange when a first-person narration gets all flowery in descriptions because I find it hard to believe that people talk that way in their heads. When I am thinking about the weather outside, I never have thoughts like, "It was dark and stormy with broody clouds and a malevolent fog." I'm more likely to think, "F-ing weather! You suck!" Okay, so I admit I'm not the most quixotic of thinkers. (Word of the day challenge: check!)

I would have hange
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
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"What did Watson and Crick discover?

...Rosalind Franklin’s notes"

HAR HAR. While that might not be 100% true, the history of science is littered with brilliant women whose pioneering contributions were ignored, diminished or plagiarised due to sexism. So this fictionalised biography of Mileva Maric, the physicist wife of Albert Einstein who has been rumoured to have contributed towards his theories on relativity, is ti
Dannii Elle
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Marie Benedict, and the publishers, Sourcebooks Landmark, for this opportunity.

This is the fictional account of the life of an actual historical figure. Mileva “Mitza” Marić, in 1896, was the only female studying physics at Zürich university and one of the first females to study science at university level in all of Europe. She left home for more liberal Switzerland to achieve said studies and became a scie
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Mariah Roze
Shelves: buddy-read, audiobook
After being asked by a friend to read Marie Benedict’s novel about the wife of Albert Einstein, I was eager to give it a try. While no Einstein expert, having read only a few pieces about the scientist, I am always up to learn a little something. Benedict offers an interesting mix of fact and fiction in this succinct piece, which is sure to entertain and educate the reader in equal measure. Mileva “Mitza” Marić made a name for herself, relying on some less stringent admission rules to secure a s ...more
Susan Johnson
Oct 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all. I hate books that have potentially interesting stories to tell and then just wreck them. It could have been quite edifying as Mileva Maric was Albert Einstein's first wife and a noted scientist in her own right. She was the only female student at an elite university in Zurich in 1896. She lives in a pension with other bright female students. It must have been exciting to be on your own for the first time and discovering there are other people like yourself who li ...more
Katie B
3.5 stars

While I wouldn't put this among my favorite historical fiction reads, I did end up enjoying this book about Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Marić. While the author's other book, Carnegie's Maid, was really heavy on the fiction side, this book was a better combination of facts and stuff that some researchers have theorized to be true. Without a doubt a fascinating woman who is certainly worthy of more recognition for her brilliant mind.

Mileva Marić is not your typical twenty somethi
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I feel like the only reader who wasn’t wholly enthralled by Marie Benedict’s The Other Einstein, but if I’m entirely honest, the novel didn’t draw in me as I’d hoped. I give Benedict a lot of credit for highlighting a lesser known individual, but the mechanics of the novel weren’t fully developed and the actual conflict came so late in the narrative that I’d all but given up hope of its delivery.

The relationship between Albe
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an engaging story about Mileva “Mitza” Marić, Albert Einstein’s first wife. Going into this, I knew nothing about Ms. Marić and very little about Mr. Einstein’s personal life.

It seems as though some of Albert Einstein’s work is surrounded in controversy. There is speculation that his first wife helped with his research, however the question is how much help was she? Some say she was simply supportive, others say she partnered with him or worked out the math for him, yet others propose
Mariah Roze
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mariah Roze by: Matt
I'm a teacher and every year we are given a free copy of a book. The purpose is to read the book and then display it in your classroom and encourage students to read it. This year The Other Einstein was the book I received and all my coworkers that participated LOVED this book, so we have decided to meet up before the next school year and have a book club meeting just to discuss this book.

This book was fantastic! I learned so much about Einstein's first wife and her brilliant mind. And all the b
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

3.5 Stars.

Even before her marriage to Einstein, Mileva Maric was an interesting woman. For a woman in 1896 to attend a polytechnic institute was an anomaly. Benedict does a great job of setting time and place; of making you understand the prejudice.

However, this quickly falls more into a romance novel. Way too much about Mr. Einstein and her feelings about him. It is interesting to watch as her friends drift away despite their “pledge”.

The first part of the book also is very dry. Despite all t
BAM The Bibliomaniac
AUDIO READ #200 of 2018

Dear Albert Einstein,

You're a total misogynistic asshole. Unless this author created most of this book, which the author's note at the end of the book makes me wonder. Then my apologies.


Confused historical fiction fan
I seem to be on a run for disappointing reads right now. This book was offered as an Overdrive special read and I signed up thinking it must be quite good to make the cut. I’m afraid I over-estimated the criteria for selection.

This book seemed to have great wasted potential to me. I knew nothing of the first Mrs. Einstein, and having read this book I dare say I know nothing of her now. I got no sense that this novel was based on any known fact, and I do dislike books that purport to recount hist
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this one. I enjoyed this book because i learned about an aspect of Albert Eninstein life that it is almost never portrayed. Up to this point i had read that Einstein was married at one point but never stopped to think about who he was married to during that time. It was also nice to see the story through the eyes of a woman written by a woman (i mistrust books that are told in a woman's point of view written by men or the other way around as well) . Nevertheless i felt that the aut ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very engaging story about Albert Einstein's very smart and much dismissed wife and partner, Mileva Maric. I never heard of her and reading this story brought her to life. My ideas of Albert Einstein have changed as well. It's a read that had me looking on wiki/internet for more info and images. I love when a book causes me to do that.

Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In The Other Einstein, Marie Benedict says she "aims to tell the story of a brilliant woman whose light has been lost in Albert's enormous shadow." Mileva Maric (Serbian, 1875-1948) is an extraordinarily talented female student studying physics at Zurich Polytechnic where she meets young Einstein in class. He charms her, promising a bohemian life of shared scientific investigation which eventually wins her over, but an unexpected pregnancy is not in his plans. In this fictionalized account, Mile ...more
Jenni Ogden
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I began with warm anticipation this novel loosely ‘based’ on what little is known about Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Einstein, and her relationship with one of the greatest scientists in history. There are a number of novels published in this popular ‘genre’ about the woman behind the famous man, some very good. Marie Benedict’s take on the Einstein story began with promise as the two students, Albert and Mileva, began their friendship, their sharing of a passion for science and mathematics (Mi ...more
I have been reading various discussions about this book, 'The Other Einstein' by Marie Benedict. For some reason, there seems to be a number of people who are confused about the very nature of this book; so I thought I should begin by pointing out the obvious… 'The Other Einstein' is a novel, a work of historical fiction. From everything I observed when looking at the book, neither the author nor the publisher claim it is a work of non-fiction or a biography.

Note: This novel is centered around
Mileva Maric, an intelligent classmate of Albert Einstein when they were both physics students at Zurich Polytechnic, was the first Mrs Einstein. It was very unusual for women to be educated at a university at that time, especially in the male-dominated field of physics, but her father recognized her special talents. The book covers the years from their meeting in 1896 until their divorce in 1914. Albert Einstein is portrayed as an unfaithful husband who was insensitive to Mileva's emotional nee ...more
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For me, this was an easy read. The main character, Mitza Maric was very relatable and the story was engaging. Mitza was a physic student at the same university and in the same program and classes as Albert Einstein. She started out as friends with Einstein but it gradually turned into more. Unfortunately, Einstein who at the beginning of their relationship treated her as an equal in mind and spirit and wanted a bohemian lifestyle together where they worked on the big physics theories of the time ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thoughtfully written book about the woman behind the man, Mileva Einstein, Albert Einstein’s first wife. I’ve read other such books such as Zelda and the Paris Wife, accomplished wives that get lost in their husbands’ shadows, a typical sign of their sexist times and I was hoping this one would be just as captivating. It certainly was for me. I had never given thought to Einstein’s wife’s existence so want to thank Marie Benedict for telling Mileva’s fascinating story, even if she does ...more
Richard Derus
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5* of five

My review is live now.

#WomensHistoryMonth is the time to remember a deliberately forgotten woman's role in #physics. Mileva Einstein's role in the four papers published in the Miracle Year of 1905 can't be know for certain, no one still alive was in any of those rooms where husband and wife spoke, but letters discovered in the 1980s strongly suggest she was a key player in the thinking Einstein did.

Sourcebooks and Marie Benedict get loud kudos for shining more light on her s
Mareli Thalwitzer
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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First of all, a big thank you to Netgalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and the author, Marie Benedict for presenting me with an early copy of this marvelous novel. Quite similar to Marie Benedict, I started this novel with even less than "commonplace understanding" of Albert Einstein. Of course I know what he looked like and he is very famous for something called "E=MC2".

Never really bothered to read up on his personal lif
Erin Dunn
Sep 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Other Einstein By: Marie Benedict in exchange for an honest review.

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I wanted to know more about Mileva and her love of science.

Before I heard of The Other Einstein, I had no idea who Mileva was. I didn't even know that Albert Einstein had a wife. So when I read the summary for this book I was really ecstatic to learn more about Mileva. I wanted to know who she was as a per
I received my copy of The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict from Net Galley. So now I'm wading into the really interesting controversy surrounding Einstein's first wife with this honest review.

Historical fiction deals with what isn't part of the historical record. How did Einstein treat his wife when they weren't in public? Did Mileva contribute to Einstein's scientific work? These are questions that are open to speculation. No one can really claim to know the truth about them. Marie Benedict has
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was a difficult one to read and an even more difficult one to rate. I'm not sure what I'd been expecting, but it wasn't this. I love it purely for its attempt to shed light on Mileva Maric's untold story - a story which just breaks my heart honestly. The book isn't the most well written or the most engaging, and despite feeling extremely angry, frustrated, and sad while reading it, I am glad that I read it.
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Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. While practicing as a lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women -- an ...more
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