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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Interesting subject, first act was much better than the second, I thought the author was trying too hard to make quantum mechanics match the possibilities of what happened at Bohr’s home.

May 10, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: In its fallback position, the play presents the idea that the German bomb program was a failure on a very basic technical level copenhqgen that nobody had run the critical mass equation correctly, that nobody had realized a few very basic ideas.

To this Heisenberg replies later in the same conversation – don’t assume my need to defend my country is any weaker just because I know it is in the micahel. It’s damn good too even if one considers it merely as inventive docu-drama.

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I was wondering if I could kiss you. To Bohr himself, and Margrethe. Jul 21, Bob Nichols rated it liked it. We have one set of obligations to the world in general, and we have other sets, never to be reconciled to our fellow countrymen Margrethe is there to ask questions on our behalf, to make them explain their science “in plain language” cause she, though an intelligent lady, wasn’t a physicist herself and to represent public opinion while Bohr adored Heisenberg, “she always had a much more negative view of him and she was particularly suspicious of that meeting in Not like books or movies though, the theatre often feels more real since I share the same space as the actors.


I think the main response from historians that you are likely to get is: I do not know if personally I wou Heisenbergs line sums this the essence of the work up brilliantly: The play could be boiled down to this one statement from Heisenberg, speaking of the post Hiroshima-Nagasaki world: Bernstein, “Heisenberg and the Critical Mass,” Am.

I wish this had come with stage directions, because it was difficult to understand some of the dialogue without knowing how they were interacting or not on stage.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Often, plays give me that something extra, be it the love, the strength, or the determination that I need to move forward in my life.

Published August 8th by Anchor Books first published It’s like, what do you call it – – The Principle of Complementarity. View all 5 comments. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

I wanted to suggest with Copenhagen that there is some kind of parallel between the indeterminacy of human thinking, and the indeterminacy that Heisenberg introduced into physics with his famous Uncertainty Principle.

At the end fraun that conversation, their friendship was over and Heisenberg returned to Germany. Margrethe Bohr isn’t very happy with Heisenberg, while Bohr can be seduced by his scientific brilliance.

Bohr, infuriated that Heisenberg might be saying such a thing, wrote a strongly-worded language arguing for the opposite. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


In any case, the point is simple enough: The popular image of the men who made the bomb is of dispassionate intellects who number-crunched their way towards a weapon whose devastating power they could not even imagine.


This point is of interest, because it is at odds with the suggestion by critics that miscalculations by Heisenberg had led him to conclude erroneously, that atomic weapons were not feasible. They were brilliant minds, lofty and untouchable to the likes of me. If there is any weakness, or disappointing aspect to the play, it is the history — or rather, the fact that so much is made of it.

Refresh and try again. When ski-ing, swerve left, right or think about it and die? We can [in theory] never know everything about human thinking. Retrieved 10 February Is there anything more romantic than reading? It’s a fundamental question Yes, that can’t be accidental. The story focuses on physics and the atomic bomb, but most of all on relationships and ethics.

They knew what plutonium was. Aside from giving me a chance to visit my old grad school stomping grounds the first time, I think, since I started my current jobit also gave me a fresh excuse to revisit the play, about a decade after I last spent any real time thinking about it.

I’m a danger to mankind; I’m also your guest. One meeting is generally not the stuff that history is made of. Moderator was probably an apt term, since I literally had to get between Tom and critics, to keep the latter from physically attacking him.