Today I read an article on Einstein that might provide a possible frame for the next book. I’m not far enough in to say for certain, but the article presents a possibility. http://www.time.com/time/
The materials seem to be there, in print, translated and available, for me to do this without learning Hebrew and moving to Jerusalem to live in a library. My fear is that the conflict–the race against a competitor to produce the theory–is too like Darwin’s threat from Alfred Russel Wallace. The question becomes, is this kind of competition what makes scientists commit their notions to print? Of course, the divorce scenerio and Einstein’s first wife’s antagonism is very different from the Darwin marriage. The pain of the his son, Hans Albert, in the article is very touching.
POV might be the solution to the similarities. Not sure. I need to read more– to find the similarity and resonance with my own life with some character in this drama. At some point I’ll have words in my head. I haven’t given up on my interest in exploring the question of his abandoning the son who was mentally ill–on the grounds that genius has its own demands and minding the infirm is not one of them. The second son, Tete in the article, was schizophrenic. His first wife, Mileva, beggered herself to take care of him. Einstein, by then, was married to his cousin, Elsa Einstein, but he never stepped in to help–after the original Nobel Prize money he gave Mileva in the divorce settlement–for which she had to wait something like 14 years. He became very wealthy but never revisited his obligation to his ex-wife/son.