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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Many of them are referenced in the context of their work with either Bohr or Heisenberg. It also mjchael the abstract staging of the theatrical version in favour of being set in the city of Copenhagen, in Bohr’s old house.

What was discussed at the meeting has long been the subject of debate among scientists and historians; recently released letters see them at the Niels Bohr Archive shed more light michal matters, without completely clearing up the question.

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

Published August 8th by Anchor Books first published For the moment the only coherent thing I can say is: But even with translation in copwnhagen, Frayn defends that the words in the script are those that the characters would actually say.

I thought Frayn was clever to twist it around and apply Heisenberg’s reasoning to his own life. Perhaps the greatest play ever written about science, Frajn Frayn’s riveting drama puts us in the heart of the greatest moral dilemma of the 20th century.

Gleefully grabbed by one of the people Copenhagem went with before I could blink, so I hope that gives you an idea of how dense and yet magnetic this play copenhahen. There were those within the German program which was not one single program in any case, but several different groups who knew that the critical mass of enriched uranium would be fairly low German Army Ordnance thought in that between kg of U would give you a bomb, which is a spot-on estimate.

I also recommend Mcihael book The Evolution of Physics: And the screenplay includes an excellent page non-fiction history of quantum mechanics and Heisenberg. 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 was very moving. I did like the historical element and the complicated feelings that the characters have about their actions.


It was directed by Michael Blakemore. I’m not sure you really understood that bit.

Oct 22, Jenny Reading Envy rated it liked it Shelves: One meeting is generally not the stuff that history is made of. Sep 19, Reuben rated it did not like it Shelves: Not like books or movies though, the theatre often feels more real since I share the same space as the actors.

It is, perhaps, more of a testament to the theatre to get people at least some people thinking about history than one might typically suspect — that Americans think about Hiroshima is perhaps as it ought to be, that they think about Copenhagen is far more curious. It can also be thought to exist “inside the heads” of the characters present.

It had a “second” cast when it opened in the West Endwho were responsible for performing at least one of the matinee shows each week. This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat 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 fdayn 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.

The meeting took place in September when Bohr and Heisenberg were 55 and 39, respectively. I don’t think I’d be terribly excited to sit through all of the science lecture just to uncover that gem, though. He [Bohr] replied as far as I can remember with a counter-question, “Do you really think that uranium fission could be utilized for the construction of weapons? Yes, copejhagen can’t be accidental.

Bohr wrote of this:.

Can’t imagine how I missed reading about that earlier. Heisenberg’s letters to his wife and later to Jungk place his conversation with Bohr on Wednesday evening. February Learn how and when to remove this template message.


While books can help me enter the world of the story, and temporarily leave my own life, being a theatre buff c If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Either he talked with Bohr on a walk, or at his residence. Bohr, infuriated that Heisenberg might be saying such a thing, wrote a strongly-worded language arguing for the opposite. May 10, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: One of my last acts at Berkeley was to design the cover for an excellent volume of historical essays on the play.

Copenhagen – Michael Frayn

You can unsubscribe anytime. Some thoughts for me to ponder: Jul 21, Bob Nichols rated it liked it. The way Frayn applied their scientific theories to their lives particularly impressed me, but, above all, it’s a story about scientists copfnhagen human beings, micyael I always enjoy reading.

Jan 13, Laura rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Retrieved 10 February This is I feel the premise and emotion garnered from this work. This is a much more insidious sort of erroneous history, in my mind, because it is used to paper over the moral questions on the American side of things, and commits a multitude of factual sins in the process.

It opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on 11 April and ran for performances. In the letter, Heisenberg described how he 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. And it is all put together in a very entertaining way.

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Bohr was always sceptical about Heisenberg’s matrix algebra, but Heisenberg’s line was that if it made the right predictions then it doesn’t matter that there’s no intuitive interpretation. Indeed, Bohr’s letters note that Heisenberg spoke “in vague terms”, from which Bohr was only able to form an “impression” about Heisenberg’s efforts. Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.