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Follow the relationship between Albert Einstein (Johnny) and Mileva Maric (Dolly) as they go from classmates to colleagues to friends to lovers to strangers.

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1 Follow the relationship between Albert Einstein (Johnny) and Mileva Maric (Dolly) as they go from classmates to colleagues to friends to lovers to strangers From Bern with Love: Letters to and Fro

2 Discovery of the Letters In Einsteins will he bequeaths all his literary property to Dr. Otto Nathan and Helen Dukas. Who is Helen Dukas? As his secretary, she archived and organized all his papers. After her death, as per Einsteins instructions, the papers were given to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem The books that they created were then divided into two sections, Writing and Correspondence In the Correspondence section, the world was shocked to discover over 50 letters between Einstein and Maric during his youth.

3 Analysis of a Relationship: From Albert to Johnny Albert Einstein began attending the Swiss Polytechnic Institute (ETH) in 1896 Mileva Maric was from Serbia and the only female student in the mathematics department Meeting in ETH as colleagues they began to exchange letters… In the first letter to Mileva he calls her Geerhtes Fraulein

4 Phenomena! These discoveries inspired several books…

5 Letter Happy Albert? Who else did he send letters to? Marie Winteler

6 Colleagues During this period, Mileva was an exchange student in Heidelberg Studying under Professor Lenard a Nobel laureate she sent her observations to Albert about some of her classes

7 Letter Happy Albert? Who else did he send letters to? Marie Winteler Maja Einstein (Einsteins sister)

8 Friends After she returned to Heidelberg they became friends after she transferred from the medical path to the mathematics section Einstein was in. They often discussed math questions or notes about classes as well as inquiring on how the other was doing Their letters were often about books they were currently reading or how their parents were and vacations that they took.

9 Letter Happy Albert? Who else did he send letters to? Marie Winteler Maja Einstein Marcel Grossman

10 Fellow Intellectuals? Often it is written about our theory… While some suggest that there was no collaboration, there is scientific talk between the two...

11 Letter Happy Albert? Who else did he send letters to? Marie Winteler Maja Einstein Marcel Grossman Michel Besso

12 Lovers As they became lovers, they acquired pet names for each other. Including Johonzel and Doxerl… These letters also follow their returning to their homes and their parents feelings on their relationship.

13 Letter Happy Albert? Who else did he send letters to? Marie Winteler Maja Einstein Marcel Grossman Michel Besso Conrad Habicht

14 Einstein the… poet? Einstein wrote several poem/songs to Mileva Schnadaheupfl August O mei! der Johonzel, Der is ganzt verruckt. Gmoanthod er seins Doxerl Und's Kissen hot er druckt Wenns Schatzerl mir schmollen thut Werd i windelweich Doch es zuckt mit die Oxeln Und sogt: Is jo gleich. Moane Olden die denken Dees is a dumme Sach... Ober sogen thans nix, Sonst kriegatens aufs Dach. Mein Doxerl sei Schnaberl Des mechti gern hern Und nachher ihm's lusti mit meinem verspern..... Das Kind macht si rar, Was denkt er dazu? Hangt Doch mit all' Faeserle Dran an saim Bua Da ich schreib in meinem Bett, Wirds halt nicht so furchtbar nett! Doch nur immer frisch drauf los geschmirt Das Doxerl sich doch dafur interessiert!....

15 Marrying a Book Alberts parents opposed the marriage for many reasons including her bookishness as well as her ethnicity After failing the test for the second time where she learned she was pregnant. Although living in a small apartment, Albert began looking for a career to support his future wife and child However, the whereabouts of the child are still unknown The couple decided to marry in January of 1903

16 Life in Switzerland At this point he has taken a job as a patent clerk and is supporting mileva As they are living together, the number of letters between each other decreases After 1905, the amount increases as he attends more lectures At this point many of the letters are addressed to mileva and the children

17 Letter Happy Albert? Who else did he send letters to? Marie Winteler Maja Einstein Marcel Grossman Conrad Habicht Michel Besso Max Planck Henrick Lorentz

18 From a Distance In Berlin –In Berlin, he is for the most part estranged from his wife and the letters take on a different tone –Infidelity arises while they are separated in the form of Einsteins cousin Elsa

19 Happy Ending? Not Really… Their marriage dissolved long before their actual divorce. In other letters, Mileva ponders the status of her marriage

20 All things must come to an end… The divorce was finalized on February 19, 1919 The last letter in the collection was sent on dealing with money in the divorce settlement He ended the letter simply Albert

21 References The Collected Papers of Einstein


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