Albert Einstein’s marriage to his first wife Mileva Maric, was a turbulent one but one that was intellectually rich. Numerous letters passing between them, discovered in 1987, record their love, relationship and discussions. It is even suggested by some that Mileva, also trained in physics, contributed to his work. Their marriage, however, deteriorated and they separated. Wishing to stay together for the children, Eintsein wrote a letter to his wife in which he set out the conditions for his return. It did no good, they separated again in 1914 and divorced in 1919. Einstein then married his cousin Elsa but that marriage too was troubled.
Einstein’s list of conditions for his return to the matrimonial home, from his letter to Mileva:
A. You will make sure:
1. that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;
2. that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
3. that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.
B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, You will forego:
1. my sitting at home with you;
2. my going out or travelling with you.
C. You will obey the following points in your relations with me:
1. you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;
2. you will stop talking to me if I request it;
3. you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.
D. You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior.
Einstein with Mileva
MIleva with their children
Einstein with cousin Elsa
Whilst on the topic of Einstein and women, move your face close to the screen and study the following pic. Then move your face back from your computer, still staring at the pic, until you see the image clarify once again . . .