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Monica Beletsky
Mileva Maric was the only woman in the physics program w Einstein. She failed her exams a few weeks after discovering she was pregnant and then dropped out. They both were working on 2 papers each. A few years later he published 4 papers that became known as a miracle. No
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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physicist has had as strong a year in history. Their marriage suffered but she would not grant a divorce- until he promised Mileva the entire Nobel Prize if he were to win it. In 1922, he won for his work of the 1905 “miracle year.” In their love letters, Einstein refers to her
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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having the “better topic” and “our work” on relative motion. John Statchel, the Einstein expert who almost single handedly erased academic open mindedness to believing in a co-authorship history took down the theory by insisting Einstein gave Maric too much credit bc he was in
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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Love. 🙄 I should add that Einstein kept over 10,000 pieces of paper and ephemera of his work and correspondence but the original manuscript for the first theory of relativity is inexplicably missing. After their divorce, he never topped his achievements during their marriage.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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I wrote a screenplay about Mileva called EQUALS that will prob never get made but I spent 3 years researching/writing about her and Einstein and her story will always stay with me.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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Steve Dennis Feb 11
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if you were able to share, I'm curious to know what stands in the way of this being made, and how you deal with letting that go after dedicating such time to Mileva's story.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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Would need producers/financing. People generally love the read (this is my script that came in the second to final round for Sundance in ‘12) but generally the feedback is the ending “is not a win.” Which is the point of course.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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Every disappointment in screenwriting can take some time to mourn. I learned a lot writing it and I’ve been hired to write 4 historical fiction/true stories in the last year which I probably have more chops for bc of it.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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So at this point I just want more people to know her story for her sake which is why I shot out a simplified version for the thread.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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And yeah, one of the papers is the E=MC^2 one.
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Katie/Pastore Feb 11
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I just emailed your agent because now I’m obsessed with this and I have to read it [and want to make it]. That’s all.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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Appreciate it. I know the feeling! Pls lmk what you think whenever you get around to it. I’ll DM my email. xx
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P.G. Feb 11
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That is not true. In 1915, he published his work on gravity, the theory of general relativity. It came out of nowhere. In contrast, his / their work on special relativity from 1905 was on the verge of being discovered by other physicists / mathematicians as well.
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P.G. Feb 11
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I would hope you are aware of the difference between special relativity (spacetime) and general relativity (revolutionary understanding of gravity). In any case, general relativity came ten years later, is Einstein's work alone, and at least equally revolutionary than the former.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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What is your point? What’s not true? The general relativity paper is not one of the four annus mirabilis papers. They were married till 1919. Why does it matter if other people were close to saying the same thing or even said the same thing? He got all the credit.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 11
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Why wouldn’t I know the difference? He wasn’t awarded the Nobel for the general. How do you know it was his work alone? They were still married, we know she at least was still preparing his lecture notes at that time & admits he used colleagues for suggestions ie Michel Besso
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Shaun Fosmark Feb 12
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She failed the test BEFORE she got pregnant once in 1900 with a score of 2.5 out of 6 dropping her average to 4.0, and then Retook it when she was 3 months pregnant and failed again in 1901.
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Monica Beletsky Feb 12
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I’m aware of that, thanks! I haven’t looked at the research for a few yrs but I recall a note on her transcript calling her conduct into question. So it’s unclear if she failed bc of disapproval of her sexuality w E or she actually failed. The 1st fail, she was neck high in
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Monica Beletsky Feb 12
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extracurricular studies w E & his mom had refused to give her blessing for them to marry. I believe she had the aptitude but she and E had drunk the kool-aid of their own research and she was traumatized by his mom. So she was not tending to her books and messed up a class or two
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