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Helping Einstein

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Science  12 Apr 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6436, pp. 136
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw5438

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A growing number of popular historians have argued that Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, worked closely with her husband on many projects, including relativity theory, only to see her work subsumed under his name. Although a collaboration between Einstein and Maric would be a compelling story, it is, in the end, only a story, argue retired physics lecturer Allen Esterson and emeritus historian David Cassidy in their latest book, Einstein's Wife: The Real Story of Mileva Einstein-Maric. The problem is that, when it comes to reintegrating women into our historical narratives, under-interpreting evidence might be as problematic as over-interpreting it.