Copenhagen has ratings and reviews. But in his Tony Award- winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn shows us that these men were passionate. In Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, a fictional account of an actual event during World War II, two physicists exchange heated words and profound. Now that Niels Bohr’s famous unsent letter to Werner Heisenberg has finally been published—and for the most part only confirmed.

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This circumspect discussion, combined with Bohr’s shocked reaction to it, apparently cut off the discussion between ffrayn two. Heisenberg’s letter to his wife, written on the eve of his departure from Copenhagen, provides no hint of a fracture.

The story focuses on physics and the atomic bomb, but most of all on relationships and et I have been listening to few old plays this weekend and this one really touched me. This isn’t the first play to successfully merge the world Bohr and Heisenberg are longtime friends and collaborators, and from them we hear about their relationship and their physics, how politics affects everything, and how difficult it is to keep those apart. One meeting is generally not the stuff that history is made of.

Instead, through many other books which I have discussed in another postwe have a pretty good picture of the German atomic program, how it was decided that it would pursue reactors, not bombs, and how paltry it was in comparison to the Allied effort. Not like micharl or movies though, the theatre often feels more real since I share the same space as the actors.

The two had worked on quantum mechanics and revolutionized atomic physics in the mchael, but now the world had changed and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war and Denmark was under German occupation.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Though the dialogue does not contradict logic, it cannot be called realistic in copenhagsn strictest sense. Supek received these details in a confidential conversation with Margrethe who thought he would never make them public.


Expounding on that thought has been very gratifying for us. You might have a point there.

The answer almost certainly lies in the gray area between those possibilities, and it’s that ambiguity in Heisenberg’s mind and character that Frayn so eloquently explores, both in his play and in a long, expansive bibliographical essay that lays out many of the uncertainties in Heisenberg’s motivations and the factors that led him to seek out Bohr for that last disastrous conversation that might have had such a tremendous impact on world history.

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I actually actively hate when I can see a playwright in the writing of play, however unfair that may colenhagen. Now no one can be hurt, now no one can be betrayed. Heisenberg tried to convey his opinions later during private discussions with Bohr. This is the essence of the conflict that two eminent scientists with giant leap contributions to modern physics Almost 4.

He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. The play and then – and this is an imperative to really “get” it – the two postscripts. For Valentine’s Day, Jesse gave me an uninterrupted hour to read Copenhagen and write the review. One rooted in a controversial act of war, the other in a controversial piece of theatre.

Heisenberg — “No one understands my trip to Copenhagen. But above all they were human, with all the requisite failings and ambiguities, and when considered as such they become so much more fascinating — which is why I picked up Co I’m kind of fascinated by the history of science, in particular by the lives of the various actors involved. To interrogators and intelligence officers, to journalists and historians. Some of the critics have very strong opinions on the matter — in part because they really think the idea that Heisenberg was somehow taking a moral high-ground is very offensive, especially considering the propagandizing Heisenberg did during the war for the German Foreign Office.


Over the course of the play, a number of renowned physicists are mentioned. Can’t imagine how I missed reading about that earlier.

Copenhagen review – Michael Frayn’s masterwork still blazes with mystery

Inthe German scientist visited Bohr, his old mentor and long-time friend, in Copenhagen. Being a physicist myself, this dialog between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg was widely discussed during my graduation studies. Nov 05, Uttara Srinivasan rated it really liked it. Its pure genius, one of the best plays i have ever seen I saw the play in in a memorable version that was presented to science students at the University of Buenos Aires, which was followed by intense debate.

Copenagen are no discussion faryn on this book yet. We’ve come to expect nothing less from this smart and substantive company, and we got it. Though a writer from Physics World hailed it as “brilliant theatre trayn a Charles Spencer, of the Daily Telegraphwrote, “I felt that my brain was being stretched to breaking point—well beyond breaking point, in fact.

You can’t conjure the sort of urgency the production emanates without three actors who know just how to create it. May 11, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing Shelves: That my silence and copeenhagen, as you write in the letter, could be taken as an expression of shock at your reports that it was possible to make an atomic bomb is a quite peculiar misunderstanding, which must be due to the great tension in your own mind.

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