Einstein’s long-distance relationships. Einstein and his girlfriend Mileva Marić exchanged almost fifty love letters while they maintained at times a long-distance relationship, across Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Serbia, and Italy. During this same time, Einstein developed his famous Theory of Relativity. Many of his love letters detail the scientific work that he was undertaking at the same time.
After his famous theory appeared in 1905, many scientists believed that Einstein had written an article about communication technologies. Although now we understand this text as the seminal piece that revolutionized long-standing conceptions of time and space, interpretations of it as argument about the exchange of signals were common.
Einstein’s love letters, passionate and picaresque at times (“I will spank you” he wrote), contain numerous side remarks about the possibilities and limitations of long-distance communication, in particular about the postal system. As the postal system started to face competition from telegraphy, telephone, and later radio communications, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity gained increased acceptance as the best theoretical framework for the new electromagnetic era.
By peeking into the most private territory of personal correspondence, this conference will explore the contemporary emotion of love and the new science of long-distance communications in the work of Albert Einstein.
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