Einstein in Love: A Scientific Romance was a tough read. Technically it was much more difficult than reading than The Battle Of Midway. The Battle of Midway hurt my bleeding heart for the lives lost on both sides but this hurt my eyes and my head. There was nothing wrong with the font it was just that for my, children abducted braincells, was difficult to comprehend such as on page 316 “In general relativity, determining the boundary conditions of the universe involved making assumptions about what happened to the metric, the geometry of space-time, at large distances and remote times from here and now under immediate consideration.” Whew…Maybe because of my fibromyalgia symptom of ADHD it was hard for me to concentrate on sentences like this. However, according to the back cover Martin Gardner, The Washington Post had the opposite view “Written with such wit and verve that it is hard not to zip through in one sitting.” It took me multiple sittings. Oh wait, I am wrong, that was praise for the author, Dennis Overbye’s other book; Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos.
In agreement with Gardner I did laugh out loud at his description of Einstein’s capers. There was wit, I am not denying. Einstein was a character. I do carry a soft pity for his first wife, feeling an empathy of her symptoms as I myself struggle with correspondingly pensive moods at times.
Which makes me wonder…. what did they diagnose her with? Did she have fibromyalgia? I wonder how her life would have been if she had been able to scientifically work part time or full time and still raise a family? What if Einstein had been more like my husband, understanding of disabilities? What if Einstein had been more forgiving and sacrificing his quest for the quantum theory for moving closer to his boys? And what happened to the lost daughter Lieserl?
I wonder if there is a book out there that is written about Mileva Einstein Maric, who Overbye states is buried in an unmarked grave in Zurich.???????
Was this book worth the read? Yes, it brought me out of the textbook ideology of Einstein and into the humanity of a great thinker, lover and, possibly, not the best parent.
Started this book on December 7th, 2016 and ended it on January 11, 2017.