Einstein's Lost Child

A new book speculates about what happened when the great scientist fathered more than relativity

When Pauline Einstein learned that her beloved son Albert was consorting with a fellow physics student--one who was older, of another faith and from the backwaters of the Balkans--she was devastated. "If she gets a child, you'll be in a pretty mess," his mother warned him. But the 22-year-old Albert, as roguishly independent in his personal life as he would be in his science, brushed off Mutti's agitated words and continued the romance. On Jan. 27, 1902, nine months after an idyllic interlude at Lake Como, Albert's classmate--and future wife--Mileva Maric secretly gave birth to a girl at her parents' home...

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