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    Albert Einstein may have had the IQ, but he needed to work on his EQ


    Einstein may have achieved laurels for his scientific accomplishments, but when it came to love, he still had a long way to go.

    The physicist had some very odd requests for his wife Mileva Maric, whom he was married to for 11 years.
    By Aarti Bhanushali

    Albert Einstein may have achieved laurels for his scientific accomplishments, but when it came to love, he still had a long way to go.

    Albert Einstein is regarded as one of history’s geniuses for his contribution to physics, but a glimpse into his social life will tell you he was somewhat clueless in human interactions.

    Recently, a series from the scientist’s personal diary made its way into the public domain and the revelations brought to light his racist views on other cultures. Interestingly, excerpts from his biography also reveal the bizarre way in which he treated his wife.

    According to Walter Isaacson’s book 'Einstein: His Life and Universe', the physicist had some very odd requests for his wife Mileva Maric, whom he was married to for 11 years.


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    Outrageous demands
    When Einstein found that his marriage was falling apart, he drafted a list as conditions for his return to the relationship. He believed that this would allow the two of them to remain together for the sake of their children.

    Albert Einstein and his wife Mileva Maric.

    The good wife
    The rules included many responsibilities for Maric, but none for the man of the house himself. He wanted Maric to be his maidservant, the one who keeps mum and does what is expected out of her, silently. Maric was supposed to make sure that his bedroom and study were kept neat, and that he received three meals regularly in his room and that his clothes and laundry were kept in order.

    Bitter half
    His marriage-maintaining contract had clauses, which stated that Maric should let go of all personal relations, while she was with him — she shouldn’t expect him to talk to her or travel with her anywhere. In addition, Einstein declared that his wife should not expect any sexual intimacy from him, should not “reproach” him in any way; should stop talking to him if he requested it; should leave his bedroom or study immediately without protest if requested.

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    A Beethoven Manuscript

    In 2016, Sotheby's had a manuscript by Ludwig van Beethoven up for auction. The single-page manuscript was described as the "Autograph manuscript of the 'Allegretto' in B minor for string quartet (WoO 210), composed for an English visitor to Vienna in 1817". It has the words "composed and written by Beethoven himself November 29, 1817 at Vienna" inscribed on it. The manuscript was expected to fetch about 200,000 pounds. The auction house made a statement that there were no takers because of a Beethoven scholar's claim that the manuscript was not authentic.

    Image: Sotheby's

    Bidding adieu
    While she agreed to pay heed to his demands initially, she moved to Berlin a few months later. The couple divorced in 1919. Many historians believe that Einstein didn’t give his ex-wife the due credit she deserved for collaborating with him on some of his discoveries.

    The other women
    Einstein’s marriages were marred with affairs. He was involved with Elsa Löwenthal, a first cousin who would become his second wife, in 1912, when he was still with Maric. Although Einstein married Elsa in 1919, within four years he was already involved with Bette Neumann, his secretary and the niece of one of his friends. Between the mid 1920s and his emigration to the United States in 1933, he flirted with various women, including Margarete Lebach, a blonde Austrian, Estella Katzenellenbogen, the rich owner of a florist business, and Toni Mendel, a wealthy Jewish widow. Ethel Michanowski, a Berlin socialite, was also involved with Einstein in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

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