*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher *
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publisher: various formats
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 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.
Based on letters written by Mileva, Einstein and friends of Mileva this book is fiction with a touch of truth. I always get a twisted feeling reading books like this. What is true and what is made up. I actually enjoy this very much but am not sure I am very good in seeing the difference. There is a lot of information in the author notes though about what is true and what not and the resources used for those who really want to know the truth.
The story is easy to follow. It shows the struggle young intelligent woman had to go trough to get educated. There is a lot of attention for the politics in that period too. The discussed science is kept very basic making it possible to follow for people with no knowledge.
The character and chemistry between them is the other big part in the story. I did like Mileva at the start of the book. Though insecure about a lot of things she knew her knowledge was worth something. That insecurity is getting a bigger the older she is getting and the more Einstein is getting a hold on her. So much it is getting annoying and I felt like slapping her. It stopped me from really enjoying the story.