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Articles on MILEVA MARIĆ, FREUD and DARWIN

 

MILEVA MARIĆ: EINSTEIN’S FIRST WIFE

The articles below examine the claims that Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Marić, contributed substantively to, or even co-authored, Einstein’s celebrated 1905 papers. The first section relates to the Australian/United States co-production “Einstein’s Wife”, first broadcast by PBS in 2003. This is followed by critiques of the writings of the main  proponents of the claims made for Mileva Marić in relation to Einstein’s work. 

Einstein’s Wife: Mileva Marić 1 - The documentary “Einstein’s Wife” gives a thoroughly misleading account of the role of Mileva Marić in Einstein’s early scientific achievements.

Einstein’s Wife: Mileva Marić 2 - The PBS “Einstein’s Wife” website is an exercise in misinformation concerning the claims that Mileva Marić made substantive contributions to Einstein’s early scientific work.

Mileva Marić: Einstein’s Wife - The claims about Mileva Marić’s alleged contributions to Einstein’s early scientific achievements are devoid of credible supporting evidence.

“Einstein’s Wife” Film: List of Errors - List of errors, misrepresentations, and contentions without substantive evidence, in the “Einstein’s Wife” documentary.

“Einstein’s Wife” PBS Website: List of Errors - List of errors, misrepresentations, and contentions without substantive evidence, on the original PBS “Einstein’s Wife” website.

Defending “Einstein’s Wife” Film - My responses to writer/producer Geraldine Hilton’s initial comments on my critique of her film.

Defending “Einstein’s Wife” 2 - My responses to writer/producer Geraldine Hilton’s reply to my enumeration of errors in her film.

Defending the PBS “Einstein’s Wife” Website - My responses to writer/producer Geraldine Hilton’s reply to my enumeration of errors on the PBS "Einstein's Wife" website.

PBS Ombudsman upholds complaint – a factually flawed and ultimately misleading combination of film and Web presentations.

Einstein’s Wife: Mileva Marić 3 - The revised “Einstein’s Wife” website (October 2007) still contains errors, misconceptions, and misrepresentations of the historical evidence. 

“Einstein’s Wife” Study Guide - An article examining the school students Study Guide produced by Australian Teachers of Media.

 

Einstein specialists comment on the “Einstein’s Wife” documentary.

 

Senta Troemel-Ploetz

Senta Troemel-Ploetz is the author of a 1990 article “Mileva Einstein-Marić: The Woman Who Did Einstein’s Mathematics”.

Who Did Einstein’s Mathematics?: A Response to Troemel-Ploetz - A detailed critique of Senta Troemel-Ploetz’s much-cited 1990 article.

Defending Mrs Einstein - Senta Troemel-Ploetz responds to criticisms of her arguments.

 

Evan Harris Walker

Evan Harris Walker is one of the most prominent proponents of the contention that Mileva Marić co-authored Einstein's celebrated 1905 papers.

Walker’s Letter in Physics Today, February 1991, is here subjected to a critical analysis.

Evan Harris Walker was president of the Walker Cancer Research Institute. Some information about the Institute is provided in this short article.

 

Dord Krstić

Dord Krstić is another proponent of the claim that Mileva Marić collaborated on Einstein's early work in physics.

Critique of Krstić’s 1991 "Appendix" - My examination of the claims made by Krstić in his "Appendix" to E. R. Einstein's 1991 memoir of her husband Hans Albert Einstein.

Critique of Krstić’s Mileva & Albert Einstein: Their Love & Scientific Collaboration – My examination of the claims made by Kristić in his 2004 book.

 

Andrea Gabor

Critique of Gabor (1995) – An examination of the chapter on Mileva Marić in Andrea Gabor’s book Einstein’s Wife: Work and Marriage in the Lives of Five Great Twentieth Century Women.

 

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Critique of Bjerknes – An examination of Bjerknes’ contention that Mileva Marić was the author (or co-author) of Einstein’s celebrated 1905 papers.

 

Alana Cash

Critique of Cash (1999) – An examination of Cash's documentary film "Mileva Marić: The Other Einstein".

My response to Cash's reply to my critique – A reply to Alana's Cash's post on the WMST-L listserv.

 

Peter Frize

Peter Frize's "Mileva Maric" (2009) – A critique of Peter Frize's section on Mileva Marić in Monique Frize's 2009 book The Bold and the Brave.

 

Hilary Rose

Hilary Rose and Mileva Maric – A critique of Hilary Rose's contentions about Mileva Marić in her book Love, Power and Knowledge: Towards a Feminist Transformation of the Sciences (1994).

Maintaining Scholarly Standards in Feminist Literature: The Case of Mileva Marić, Einstein's First Wife – A critique of Hilary Rose's contentions about Mileva Marić reprinted in a Feminist Science Studies Reader. Published by SAGE Open, Vol. 3 No. 1, January-March 2013.

 

Historical Evidence in Science

Handling evidence in history: the case of Einstein's Wife - Alberto A. Martinez discusses how historical evidence in science should be assessed, with illustrative examples from the "Einstein's Wife" documentary and related material.

John Stachel's "Appendix" to Einstein's Miraculous Year (1905) - Stachel's detailed refutation of the contention that Abraham Joffe claimed to have seen Einstein's original 1905 manuscripts.

John Stachel's response to Senta Troemel-Ploetz and Evan Harris Walker – Talk delivered at the AAAS on 5 March 1990, including an analysis of Einstein's use of personal pronouns in the early letters to Mileva Marić.

What the Einstein-Marić Letters Tell UsAn examination of the Einstein-Marić correspondence 1897-1903.

Albrecht Fölsing's Die Zeit article: Keine 'Mutter der Relativitätstheorie' - English translation.

V. Alexander Stefan – Regarding Albert Einstein and Mileva Marich Einstein (2005).

Walter Isaacson, Einstein, and Mileva Marić - A critical examination of Isaacson's discussion of the role of Marić in Einstein's scientific achievements in his book Einstein: His Life and Universe. 

Scientists Anonymous - A critical examination of Patricia Fara's book Scientists Anonymous: Great Stories of Women in Science.

 

ARTICLES ON SIGMUND FREUD

Jeffrey Masson and Freud’s seduction theory: A new fable based on old myths An abridged version of an article published in History of the Human Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1998, pp. 1-21.

Jeffrey Masson's misleading account of the prehistory of the seduction theory Addendum to History of the Human Sciences article (1998). 

Psychoanalytic Mythology - A short article examining the myths surrounding Freud’s seduction theory.

Freud's theories of repression and memory - A critique of Phil Mollon’s book Freud and False Memory Syndrome. Published in The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, Fall-Winter, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2003, pp. 147-162.

 

Pre-publication versions of journal articles:

Jeffrey Masson and Freud’s seduction theory: A new fable based on old myths. Published in History of the Human Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1998, pp. 1-21. (Note: This is a pre-publication version of the article.)

Mythologizing of psychoanalytic history:  Deception and self-deception in Freud’s accounts of the seduction theory episode. Published in History of Psychiatry, xii, 2001, pp. 329-352. (Note: This is a pre-publication version of the article.)

Myth of Freud's ostracism by the medical community in 1896-1905: Jeffrey Masson’s assault on truth. Published in History of Psychology, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2002, pp. 115-134. (Note: This is a pre-publication version of the article.)

Critique of Gleaves & Hernandez (1999) A Comment on Gleaves and Hernandez's "Recent reformulations of Freud's development and abandonment of this seduction theory: Historical/scientific clarification or a continued assault on truth" (1999). Published in History of Psychology, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2002, pp. 85-91. (Note: This is a pre-publication version of the article.)

Grünbaum’s Tally Argument Published in History of the Human Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1996, pp. 43-57. (Note: This is a pre-publication version of the article.)

 

BOOK

Seductive Mirage: An Exploration of the Work of Sigmund Freud

Acknowledgement of Error in Seductive Mirage

 

ARTICLES ON DARWIN

 

Darwin's"Delay" – Did Darwin really delay publishing his evolutionary theory for fear of the consequences?

Desmond and Moore's Darwin – The "tormented" Darwin depicted by Desmond and Moore in their biography Darwin (1991) is a travesty, only made plausible by the dubious methods used by the authors.

Darwin's Illness – Desmond and Moore's contention that fears related to his evolutionary theory were responsible for severe episodes of his chronic illness is refuted by the documentary evidence.

Desmond and Moore's Darwin's Sacred Cause: A Misreading of the Historical Record – Published by SAGE Open, Vol. 3, No. 2, April-June 2013.

 

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