Not that anyone will ever read this, but… what’s up with the hard feelings about this strip? If you people really have googled Mileva Maric, you don’t seem to have looked beyond what the annoyingly biased “Einsteinists” have to say about her. And they only say that she’s a nobody and a failure, because that was how her ex-husband wanted us to see her. And unfortunately, this view even shows up in her Wikipedia article. But that’s not the only view about her, and I applaud Jan Elliot for giving this victim of a male-dominated society and a creepy husband a moment in the spotlight. It was only four decades after her death, that people started caring about her. And yet, some people still want to degrade her! She has gradually won recognizion among some feminists, a few science historians and her fellow Serbs, but obviously, that’s not enough to dethrone Albert Einstein from his “saint of science” pedestal.
Except for that I believe that Albert’s and Mileva’s daughter, Lieserl, died of scarlet fever rather than was put off for adoption, the rest of what Val said is true enough. We will never know exactly how big Mileva’s contribution to Albert’s work was, but we do know that he cheated on her and made her a list of degrading demands. And one story says he went to a party without her, while she was at home alone crying. Her face allegedly was bruised and swollen, so he might even have beaten her! But nevertheless, he was the love of her life, and she knew she had no future without him. But finally, she still had to give up and leave him (imagine what a strong woman she was, leaving a husband in 1914). But she had a nervous breakdown, when he wanted a divorce. He exchanged her for another woman and rose to superstardom, while she was left alone to care for their szichophrenic son, Eduard, falling into deep obscurity and getting financial problems. Because even though she was promissed the Nobel prize money, she never actually got more money from him than what he thought that he might spare for her and their sons. And while Albert became famous and admired, while treating his second wife just as badly as he treated his first one, Mileva died alone without anybody caring about her. And to add insult to injury, she wasn’t even allowed to keep a gravestone on her grave, since someone failed to pay the cementary fees. She had to get a new one from the Serbian people.
Aug 16, 2013