The Other Einstein

7 CDs. 8:30 hrs. Books on Tape. Oct. 2016. ISBN 9780735209251. $40. digital download. F
Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva "Mitza" Maric, was a Serbian physics student and an intellectual equal to the great scientist, but she has been lost in the pages of history and in Einstein's rise to fame. In her first book, Benedict combines careful research with imagination. Was Maric a collaborator and coauthor to her husband's famous papers on relativity? Was her rightful place in science usurped by her husband and by a culture that had little belief and room for women in the sciences? She demonstrates a passion to learn but she lets her love of Einstein determine her life's path. Benedict poses a provocative question to listeners: What if Maric had been given the same attention as her hero, Marie Curie? Although the novel starts a bit slowly, Benedict paints a portrait of a complex and sympathetic woman, captured vibrantly by narrator Mozhan Marno.
VERDICT Highly recommended for fiction audiences. ["Expect steady demand in public libraries": LJ 8/16 review of the Sourcebooks Landmark hc.]
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