Phys. Perspect. 20 (2018) 208–217 2018 Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 1422-6944/18/020208-10 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00016-018-0220-4 Physics in Perspective Marie Benedict [Heather Terrell], The Other Einstein: A Novel, Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2016, 303 pages, $25.99 (hardcover). Alberto A. Martı´nez* The Other Einstein is a novel written as an autobiography of Mileva Maric´, Albert Einstein’s ﬁrst wife. Marie Benedict aims to write a historical novel: based on facts but ﬁlling in the rest with her imagination. The cover jacket is beautiful and striking: a haunting image of Mileva Maric´, a young Serbian woman standing with a suitcase and facing a foggy city in darkness. I imagine that it portrays the moment when she ﬁrst moved to Zurich, to begin her studies at the famous Polytechnikum, now known as the Swiss Federal Polytechnic. The prologue is a letter by Mileva Maric´, written in 1948, the year she died. In it, she fears the end and wonders how she lost her daughter. This letter is ﬁctitious, though the author does not say so. Benedict describes herself as ‘‘an exhaustive researcher who prefers to use original source material.’’ To write this novel, she studied history more than for her other books, she
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