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. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Copenhagen by Michael Frayn.

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This pair of questions, as a pair of cities Hiroshima and Copenhagenis interesting to me as a historian. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

So the play has had a remarkably large role in my early interest in nuclear history. It was when I read a remarkable book I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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

Retrieved 10 February In most dramatic works where the characters are based on real people, there is a point at which the character deviates from the real person. I do not know if personally I wou Heisenbergs line sums this grayn essence of the work up brilliantly: The movie substantially cuts down the script of the play, eliminating several recurring themes, and most of the material that established the community of scientists in Copenhagen.

I have no actual proof of micahel, just my cynicism coming out about how often people use science wrongly in order to feed their human agendas But even for its success, Frayn admitted in an article that “A number of commentators expressed misgivings about the whole enterprise.

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Copenhagen is a play by Michael Fraynbased nichael an event that occurred in Copenhagen ina meeting between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. View all 5 comments.

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

In the letter, Heisenberg described how kichael had come to Copenhagen to discuss with Bohr his moral objections toward scientists working on nuclear weapons, but how he had failed to say this clearly before the conversation came to a halt. During the later parts of the war, they suffered from supply setbacks due to their being targets of bombing and sabotage raids. The more I’ve explained, the deeper the uncertainty has become. This article needs additional citations for verification.


Even for this effort though, criticism arose about the complexity of the play and the fran for viewers to comprehend. Does Frayn have it right?

This blog began in InGerman physicist Werner Heisenberg made a clandestine trip to have dinner with his friend, Danish physicist Niels Bohr, and his wife, Margrethe.

Heisenberg’s letter to his wife, written on the eve of his departure from Copenhagen, provides no copenhahen of a fracture. Frayn’s wife is Claire Tomalin, the biographer and literary journalist. Heisenberg repeated his convictions on the technical feasibility of building nuclear weapons. I didn’t think he’d be able to pull it off, but it worked. The play was originally written in English, but the real people in the exchange may have had this conversation in Danish or German.

In any case, the point is simple enough: The characters are of course not only important in history copenhagfn the dialogues, though fictional, are very well fused with the feelings and emotions of the time and of the work in their field.


But it might appear to give an one of those questions that people have been asking since Published August 8th by Anchor Books first published One of my last acts at Berkeley was to design the cover for an excellent volume of historical essays on the play. Sep 04, Nicki rated it liked it Shelves: It’s a shame, in a way, to judge the play on this basis, as if Hamlet should be considered just in terms of how close it is to historical truth.

Retrieved from ” https: To Margrethe, Heisenberg was always an untrustworthy student, eager to steal from her husband’s knowledge.


To Bohr himself, and Margrethe. Michael Frayn takes the historical reference to one chance and completely unexpected inexplicable almost improper meeting between Bohr and Heisenberg – once close as father and son and now sitting squarely on opposite sides of a war with consequences neither had yet grasped though they were at the very moment working towards it – and spins a fictional account of what might have transpired – all the while emphasising that the protagonists themselves may have never truly known their own motivations let alone the other’s.

A writer for The Commonweal commented on the Broadway premiere, saying that “the play’s relentless cerebral forays can If you’re into stuff ffayn this, you can read the full review.