PBS showed a documentary claiming that Einstein’s first wife, Mileva Marić, helped him with Special Relativity Theory.
This astounding historical claim is based on… nothing apparently. It did have a feel-good message by placing a woman behind one of the significant scientific discoveries of the century.
Allen Esterson followed this story closely and debunked the PBS documentary. He looked through the claims that she significantly contributed to Einstein’s work and found nothing to support it.
PBS is now selling the fraudulent documentary on DVD.