Albert Einstein eventually left his first wife, Mileva Marić, a brilliant Serbian woman with whom he had three sons with, for his cousin, Elsa Löwenthal. Marić had acted as a sounding board for Einstein’s ideas and often checked his mathematical proofs. But she was no match for Löwenthal, who cared for him when he fell ill and enjoyed basking in his Nobel glory.
I told this to Jon tonight, after watching a long Einstein documentary.
“Do you see,” I told Jon, “how foolish men are? Even Einstein just wanted a stupid woman to coddle him.”
Jon was unimpressed. “It doesn’t take a genius to know a man just wants to marry his mother. And a first cousin is a close second.”