How could could someone who had a such belief in a divine order of the universe have had such a chaotic personal life? He was an abject failure at personal relationships, somewhat of a charmer and seducer, only to slip out the back door at the crack of dawn. Whether it was a grave disappointment in matters of love or a more fundamental inability to love, Einstein never knew true love. He loved a million stars but could not love a single woman. In fact, it can be said his relationship with women was an ambivalent one. Almost the equivalent of a D.H. Lawrence love-hate relationship.
Einstein. America ( 1921): “Above all things are the women who, as a literal fact, dominate the entire life in America. The men take an interest in absolutely nothing at all. The work and work, the like of which I have never seen anywhere yet. For the rest they are the toy dogs of the women, who spend the money in a most unmeasurable, illimitable way and wrap themselves in a fog of extravagance.” …
…”My sweet little witch without you my life is no life,” simpered this century’s most colossal intellect, the man who changed our understanding of space, time and how the universe works, whose ideas led to the development of TV and the laser. “You absolutely must come to see me. I promise you an outing the like of which you have never seen.” The year was 1900 and 21-year- old Albert Einstein was seeking the answer to a stupendous question: what would it be like to ride a beam of light? But at that moment he had the more conventional pursuits of a young man in mind. When fellow student Mileva Maric arrived at the lakeside love nest in Como, Italy, she found her “dear, naughty little sweet-heart waiting with pounding heart and open arms”. They were both to pay dearly for that weekend of passion. It might even have delayed his ferociously brilliant theory of relativity.
The image we have of Einstein is of a twinkly- eyed, droopy-moustached old eccentric. But by the time be achieved universal renown, unknown to an admiring world, he had clocked up two failed marriages, at least one affair and had fathered an illegitimate child. His recently released letters reveal a human being not so unlike many lesser mortals. The man who predicted how the gravitational force of the sun bent a star’s a light was prey to all the normal earthly desires and, by the end of his life, had confessed himself an emotional failure. Within weeks of the tryst in Como, Einstein faced the biggest dilemma of his life. Desperate for work, having ruled himself out of a post at his old university by his maverick method of learning only what he chose – in one physics practical he recorded the lowest possible mark – he had just landed the promise of steady employment in the Swiss patent office in Bern. Then he heard that Mileva was pregnant.
In 1902 Switzerland, the revelation that Einstein was a father out of wedlock would have cost him the job. He should have heeded his mother. “You’ll be in a pretty mess if she has a baby,” she warned. The letters show how ruthlessly he hid the indiscretion. Mileva could not even be seen in the same town as him. She went back to her parents and gave birth to a daughter, Lieserl. For a time, Einstein played the doting father, showing a tenderness that he was to jettison in favour of his towering scientific agenda. “I love her,” he wrote to Mileva. “Does she cry?”…But he never saw his daughter. Foster parents were found for Lieserl and she is believed to have died of smallpox as a baby. Robert Schulmann, of the Boston-based academic group the Einstein Papers Project, recently travelled to Serbia to try to discover what became of her, but could find no trace. Two years later, Einstein married Mileva but abandoning Lieserl had been devastating. From now on he locked away his emotions: “My essence is what I think, not what I feel.”
“He wanted sex without complications,” says Schulmann. “His pursuit of ladies was one where the sense of obligation was at a minimum, but the pursuit of pleasure was maintained – The pursuit of the greatest priority – physics – was never in question.” In 1905, aged 26, Einstein scaled the Everest of science when he expounded his theory of relativity. The Swiss job had been ideal in affording him the freedom to think, and the answer came to him in a flash one sunny day as he was out walking with a friend.
As Europe lionised her husband, Mileva was left increasingly lonely at home. “I only hope fame will not exert a detrimental influence on his human side,” she wrote. I’m starved of love. I almost believe wicked science is guilty.”
“When one thinks seriously day and night one can’t engage easily in loving chatter,” responded Einstein. But he, too, paid a hu
motional price. He hardly saw his two sons.Mileva named his work as co-respondent in their divorce, but soon there was another woman Einstein’s cousin Elsa.”I love you,” he wrote to her ‘”I would be so happy to walk a few steps at your side-without my wife, who is very jealous I treat her as an employee whom I cannot sack.”
Working out the theory of gravity took six years and brought him near to death from nervous exhaustion. It wasn’t until 1917 that his predictions were verified and he achieved world fame, winning the Nobel prize for physics four years later. In 1919 he divorced Mileva and married Elsa, who had helped nurse him back to health but, though she provided him with loving support, he subsequently had an affair with a younger woman.Despite his academic success, Einstein’s last letters reveal his sense of emotional failure. “I can love humanity, but when it comes to close relationships, I’m a horse for single harness. I failed twice, rather disgracefully.” As for marriage: “An unsuccessful attempt to make something lasting out of an incident. All marriages are dangerous.” …Read More:http://www.fortunecity.com/emachines/e11/86/secret.html
Evelyn was an infant when she was adopted by Hans Albert and Frieda. I listened in astonishment as she told me, “Since I was young, I have been told that I was really Albert Einstein’s daughter.” She believes that she may, in fact, be the result of an affair he had with a dancer in New York. But she does not insist: “I realized that this big, dark secret about my birth was an open book to many people. Since I have no proof, I thought that if I broached this subject to people they would think that I am crazy, a total fruitcake! So I never spoke about it.” Thus Hans Albert, Evelyn’s adoptive father, may possibly be her half brother, and Evelyn’s brother, Bernhard, may be her nephew. Evelyn takes perverse delight in the scenario.
Evelyn, born in 1941, is a highly intelligent woman, but her life as an Einstein has been awful. From the beginning, she felt closer to her mother and distant from her father. Married and then divorced, she had no children. Among a number of other jobs, she worked as a dogcatcher, a reserve policewoman, and a cult deprogrammer. After battling cancer and liver disease, she began to slide downhill. For a while she was living in her car and eating out of the trash. “I can tell you every good garbage Dumpster in the area,” she said, “but I never panhandled a penny.” With tenacity she pulled herself up, began to collect disability insurance, and settled down to a cloistered life, still possessing a wry sense of humor.
“When I was 14,” Evelyn said, “Bernhard took me for a ride on his motorcycle to the woods outside Zurich and told me that his wife, Aude [Albert's granddaughter-in-law], was pregnant. After Thomas was born, I remember feeling bad that my grandfather, Albert, did not live long enough to meet his first great-grandchild.” I met Thomas in 1995 when I joined him and his aunt Evelyn for lunch at a fish restaurant in California. A handsome, quiet man, he seemed nervous about being with Evelyn but was very polite. In the conversation, he mentioned a “trust.” Evelyn asked what it was. Thomas jumped to another subject, but I could see fire roiling in Evelyn’s eyes. She later filed a complaint in California state court, alleging that her nephew and the trust’s attorney had hidden a cache of letters from Albert Einstein to various family members estimated to be worth $15 million. Evelyn and her brother, Bernhard, had been named the beneficiaries of the trust. After a long legal battle and negotiations, the case was settled.
Thomas, the father of three teenagers, is a physician, certified in emergency medicine and anesthesiology. He presently administers anesthesia for plastic, dental, and oral surgeons in California.
Evelyn’s favorite nephew seems to be Bernhard’s second son, Paul Einstein, born in 1958. Since Paul was musically inclined, Bernhard gave him Albert Einstein’s violin. Today he is married and living in the south of France, where he is a composer and violinist. In 2004 Paul performed at the German Physical Society’s celebration of Einstein’s 125th birthday in Ulm, where Albert was born. Paul played Mozart’s Sonata in E Minor, Albert’s favorite piece.
Eduard (Ted) Einstein, Aude and Bernhard’s third son, was born in 1960. Instead of going to college, he learned masonry and construction. He now owns several furniture warehouses and a retail furniture store in the Los Angeles area, where he is married, with children. Ted once appeared in a commercial driving a new Oldsmobile, touting its worth and declaring, “You don’t have to be an Einstein to figure that out.”
Aude and Bernhard’s only daughter, Mira Einstein Yehieli, was born in 1965 and now lives in Israel with her husband, a musician, and family. Evelyn told me that the last time she saw Mira was many years ago. “She was quite pretty, musically talented.”
Charly Einstein, Aude and Bernhard’s last child, was born in 1971. He and his family live in Switzerland, where, according to a childhood friend, he grew up loving computer games, at one point selling them at a store he owned called Einstein’s World. Later he worked as a spokesman for a large hospital in Switzerland.
In an online posting, great-grandson Charly addressed what it was like being related to Albert Einstein: “Sometimes it appears to me that people think that he is some kind of God. Therefore it feels like many look upon me as if I was a great-grandson of God. To be honest, that is an extremely weird and alien feeling to me.”
Albert Einstein was an anomaly; neither his parents nor any of his progeny showed his inspired scientific insight. Despite that-despite his grappling with his last name-Charly feels a common thread connecting him and the rest of the family to his great-grandfather. “We Einsteins do not believe in authority. We solve problems in highly unconventional ways,” he has said, “in our own way.”
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