The Professor's Fun Fact 11/20/18

Mileva Einstein Meric

Experts believe a woman named Mileva Maric was actually responsible for this. 

Einstein’s theory of relativity 

Mileva Maric was born 1875 in Serbia. She was from a fairly wealthy family that made sure she was able to study at the best schools in Europe. Her skill was in mathematics and physics. In 1896, Mileva met her future husband at the University of Zurich, Albert Einstein. 

The two hit it off and got married in 1900. Things worked out well for Al, not so much for Mileva. She failed her final exams at school and was forced to take a backseat to Einstein’s work. However, she and Albert spent their time together working on what would become their greatest achievement—the theory of relativity—in 1905. E=mc2.

The couple got divorced in 1916 when Einstein started flirting with his cousin… the one condition of the divorce was, if Einstein ever won the Nobel Prize, Mileva got the prize money. Einstein won the prize in 1921… and Mileva got the money. Experts think the agreement was Mileva’s way of getting some credit for her work. They also agree that Einstein’s work after his divorce from Mileva was never quite as good as their work together.

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