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Mileva Marić: The Other Einstein

January 9th, 2012
Another opportunity for subjecting these claims to close scrutiny.

Allen Esterson on Alana Cash on Mileva Marić

February 26th, 2010

Evidence lacking, evidence pointing the other way, evidence twisted then twisted again.… Read the rest

Walter Isaacson, Einstein, and Mileva Marić

April 17th, 2007
Is there any evidence that Marić 'helped Einstein with the math'?

Alan Boyle on Allen Esterson on Mileva Marić

November 4th, 2006

The evidence and historical documentation are not there.… Read the rest

Einstein’s Wife: Mileva Marić

March 8th, 2006
Feel-good history strikes again.

Mileva Marić: Einstein’s Wife

March 6th, 2006
PBS has been complicit in the dissemination of tall stories about the alleged role of Einstein’s first wife in his early scientific achievements.

Allen Esterson on Maintaining Scholarly Standards

March 14th, 2013

It is now quite widely believed that Mileva Maric, Einstein’s first wife, played an active role in Einstein’s early scientific work.Read the rest

On reading with a modicum of scepticism

March 29th, 2011
Unfortunately erroneous and misleading contentions frequently attain wide currency, and it seems that many people fail to treat factual assertions in print with appropriate caution.

Scientists Anonymous

November 6th, 2010
Authors of non-fiction books, especially those addressed to children, should not use exaggeration, tendentious selection of material, and misrepresentation of the historical facts in service of a message.

Scholarly Standards in Feminist Science Studies

April 18th, 2010

In September 2009 I submitted an article to the feminist journal Women’s Studies International Forum, and in February 2010 I was informed that the journal had decided against publication. Nothing unusual in that, of course. No doubt the great majority of articles submitted to journals are rejected, for a multitude of reasons. But when I enquired why no reason had been given, the Editor-in-Chief replied that the paper had not been sent out for review as she did not feel that it had sufficient evidence in terms of references or citations to back up some of the claims that were made.

Now, whatever deficiencies there may have been in the article, insufficient citation was not one of them. In … Read the rest

Einstein’s Wife: PBS continues to fail the test of integrity

November 12th, 2007
PBS continues to promote a meretricious documentary.

What’s my motivation in this scene?

August 6th, 2007

Have you read Allen’s article on PBS and Einstein’s wife? PBS is extremely irritating. It’s doing a bad thing. It’s ignoring its plain duty and responsibility. It’s not doing its job properly. It’s sneaking around. First it was stalling and delaying and making excuses, and now it’s sneaking around. It’s being bad. It has not only failed to take down the Einstein’s Wife website, despite the advice of its own ombudsman and despite telling Allen ‘We are looking for additional scholarly review to help us know how to proceed in making sure that the web site content is as accurate as possible,’ it has now commissioned Andrea Gabor to rewrite it. That’s like commissioning Michael Behe to rewrite … Read the rest

Einstein’s Wife: PBS Fails the Test of Integrity

July 31st, 2007
ABC dropped 'Einstein's Wife'; what does PBS think it's doing?

Queen Beatrix defends free speech

December 29th, 2006

The discussion of what the Statement of Academic Freedom means, of what it means to cover and what (if anything) it doesn’t mean to cover, goes on in comments, so I wanted to add a point or two.

The trouble is that it’s rather carefully worded in such a way that it’s hard to figure out exactly what it does and doesn’t cover. ‘[A]cademics, both inside and outside the classroom, have unrestricted liberty to question and test received wisdom and to put forward controversial and unpopular opinions, whether or not these are deemed offensive’ and ‘academic institutions have no right to curb the exercise of this freedom by members of their staff’. What is ‘received wisdom’ and what are ‘opinions’? … Read the rest

Both sides

November 28th, 2006

Alan Boyle posted Allen Esterson’s reply to Troemel-Ploetz on ‘Cosmic Log’ today. I meant to say something else about the November 20 post (the one with Troemel-Ploetz’s reply) yesterday but I forgot. (I know, I know. But I can only hold one thought in my head at a time. Be patient with me.) But it’s interesting, and it’s always coming up. It’s something Boyle said this time:

We’ve gone back and forth over the role that Albert Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Maric, may have played in the development of the special theory of relativity…and now I’ve gotten the other side of the story from Senta Troemel-Ploetz…

The other side. Of the story. But it isn’t a story, and there isn’t … Read the rest

Yes but do you have any actual evidence?

November 27th, 2006

So maybe women really do think logic is ‘a pestiferous male invention’ (The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense). It would seem so by this, anyway – Senta Troemel-Ploetz replying on Alan Boyle’s blog to Allen Esterson’s article on Troemel-Ploetz’s paper claiming that Mileva Marić ‘did Einstein’s mathematics.’ It’s a cringe-making performance, frankly. She offers no real evidence, she simply cites ‘a tradition that always attributes achievement to men even if the men themselves claim their wives were the authors’ and then gives three quotations from Einstein to Mileva Marić:

“How happy I am to have found an equal in you (eine ebenbuertige Kreatur) who is as strong and independent as I am.” “Until you are my dear little wife,

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Einstein’s Wife: Open Letter to PBS Postscript

November 27th, 2006
Gerald Holton did come forward and claim he was misrepresented.

Einstein’s Wife: An Open Letter to PBS

November 23rd, 2006
Producers of informational content must be prepared to correct material errors.

Who did Einstein’s Mathematics?: A Response to Troemel-Ploetz

November 4th, 2006
How did the notion that Mileva Marić helped Einstein with his mathematics get around?

Einstein’s Wife: A challenge to PBS

July 5th, 2006
PBS has been 'considering' the matter for months now...