I don't believe in the ridiculous conspiracy theories that she was the true founder of relativity and Einstein stole credit from her or any of that

but did she play a role in anyway helping him? someone said that before he met her he didn't have a single peer review publication?

how much did she help Einstein?

  • $\begingroup$ The question mentions peer review. In this regard, note that almost none of Einstein's publications were peer reviewed, as this was not the practice at the time (nor until sometime post WWII was it standard practice). There is a famous story about his angry reaction when in 1936 the Physical Review sent one of his articles to a reviewer (who moreover found errors in it). Details are easily found in the literature. $\endgroup$
    – Dan Fox
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 8:46
  • $\begingroup$ I am guessing this is prompted by Harris Walker's speculations? Most Einstein scholars do not take him seriously, and again, this is well-detailed in Wikipedia. Gagnon is a rare exception. As for peer review, see How did the publication feat of Einstein's four 1905 Annus Mirabilis papers get through peer review? Hint: there was none. $\endgroup$
    – Conifold
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 18:57
  • $\begingroup$ so how much would you say she contributed to his work? $\endgroup$
    – user4281
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 20:11
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    $\begingroup$ We try to avoid offering personal opinions here, you can read what scholars say and form your own opinion. The majority opinion seems to be that there is no evidence of any substantive contribution. $\endgroup$
    – Conifold
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 22:27


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