At the end of 1902, Einstein's father suffered a heart attack and Einstein returned to Milan to visit him. On his deathbed, Hermann Einstein finally consented to Einstein's marriage to Mileva Maric, and the couple wed on January 6, 1903. By this point, Mileva had lost much of her interest in science and had become a housewife. The couple's first son, Hans Albert, was born in May 1904. The years 1903-1905 were arguably the most productive years of Einstein's entire career. In 1905, he published three papers that would transform physics in the twentieth century. The subjects of these papers were Brownian motion, quantum theory, and special relativity, each of which represented a groundbreaking solution to the most pressing problems facing physicists in Einstein's day. The paper on Brownian motion, entitled "On the Movement, Demanded by Molecular-
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