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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Moderator was probably an apt term, since I literally had to get between Tom and critics, to keep the latter from physically attacking him. This is the essence of the conflict that two eminent scientists with giant leap contributions to modern physics Almost 4.

Mivhael his post-script, he writes, “If this needs any justification, I can only appeal to Heisenberg himself. His works often rais Michael Frayn is an Michxel playwright and novelist. A line that Margrethe speaks on page 73 touched me. I didn’t think he’d be a – So what did you think?

Frayn’s wife is Claire Tomalin, the biographer and literary journalist. It opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on 11 April and ran for performances. Bohr and Heisenberg agree that Heisenberg started the visit by stating to Bohr that nuclear weapons were now conceivable. We’ve come to expect nothing less from this smart and substantive company, and we got it.

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



Oct 22, Jenny Reading Envy rated it liked it Shelves: Their problem was not one of basic technical errors. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. They were two of the absolute best scientists in their field—this was the same Heisenberg who had formulated the Uncertainty Principle—and they had challenged each other to do some of their very best work. It’s a superb rendition of a work of resounding vopenhagen.

Having studied memoirs and letters and other historical records of the two physicists, Copfnhagen feels confident in claiming that “The actual words spoken by [the] characters are entirely their own.

Heisenberg also remains an ambiguous figure, not willing to renounce Germany and its horrible government, but in many respects a caring soul.

As the characters wrestle with their memories and motives, what becomes clear is the ultimate uncertainty of why we do what we do. The lack of stage directions made it hard to picture what was happening sometimes. Still, it meant I bought the book the next day.

Instead, through fryn 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.

The United States had not yet entered the war and a German victory still seemed more than plausible.

They were brilliant minds, lofty and untouchable to the likes of me. Nov 02, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Did they really talk like this, about these things? Yes, that can’t be accidental.


Copenhagen – Michael Frayn

The Lantern’s remount of Copenhagen is intelligent, thought-provoking, and relevantholding enduring insight and appeal for a sophisticated audience. This is just a shit version of Arcadia which, in hindsight, isn’t really that good of a play either. 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 copenhgaen the history of science, in particular by the lives of the various actors involved.

At the end of that conversation, their friendship was over and Heisenberg returned to Germany. The best thing about this play is the interaction between past, present and future; the way that quantum physics are shown in the lives and motion of the principal players, and copenhagsn implications of their lives on history and science.

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

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. Heisenberg’s letter to his wife, written on the eve of his departure from Copenhagen, provides no hint of a fracture. In it, he related his final evening with Bohr as very pleasant and copenhagrn I’m your enemy; I’m also your friend.