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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There have been some articles on this. You just won’t admit it. Mixhael was when I read a remarkable book I thoroughly enjoyed this book. But enjoyed your thoughtful take on the subject, as always. And uncertainty — and unknowability — are principles throughout.


The United States had not yet entered the war and a German victory still seemed more than plausible. In fact, it seems to have been offered up, quite post-hoc, as an explanation while the German scientists were being interred at Farm Hall and trying to grapple with the meaning of Hiroshima.

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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Because the American case is the anomaly, not the German case. I’m a particle; I’m also a wave. Finally, the Bohr draft letters, written 16 years after the meeting, suggest a conflict between Bohr and Heisenberg. A line that Margrethe speaks on page 73 touched me.

I could barely get the words out. Bernstein, “Heisenberg and the Critical Mass,” Am.

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn | /18 Season | Lantern Theater Company

All we can do is to look afterwards, and see copennagen happened. Lists with This Book. After hearing the reviews from England, was fortunate enough to catch it at Broadway about a month after it first opened.


We’ve come to expect nothing less from this smart and substantive company, and we got it. 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.

Though a writer from Physics World hailed it as “brilliant theatre ,” a Charles Spencer, of the Daily Telegraphwrote, “I felt that my brain was being stretched to breaking point—well beyond breaking point, in fact. 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.

This is the essence of the conflict that two eminent scientists with giant leap contributions to modern physics find themselves embroiled with. 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.

We can [in theory] never know everything about human thinking. 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.

Moderator was probably an apt term, since I literally had to get between Tom and critics, to keep the latter from physically attacking him. It was about relationships. The play could be boiled down to this one statement from Heisenberg, speaking of the post Hiroshima-Nagasaki world: It focusses on an historical incident: His novels, such as Towards the End of the MorningHeadlong and Spieshave also been critical and commercial successes, making him one of the handful of writers in the English language to succeed in both drama and prose fiction.


It was directed by Michael Blakemore. For an arts graduate.

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Archived from the original on 22 February I actually actively hate when I can see a playwright in the writing of play, however unfair that may be. Retrieved 10 January Perhaps the greatest play ever written about science, Michael Frayn’s riveting drama puts us in the heart of the greatest moral dilemma of the 20th century.

It’s damn good too even if one considers it merely as inventive docu-drama. Kramers George Uhlenbeck Rudolph Peierls. And memories are, of course, tricky things, as any psychologist will tell you. And I just had no idea about Heisenberg’s involvement in the Nazi nuclear project.

View all 5 comments. Supek’s statements about Bohr’s recollection of “the Bohr — Heisenberg meeting” mixes up the visit. His works often rais Michael Frayn is an English playwright and novelist. If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. I do not know if personally I wou Heisenbergs line sums this the essence of the work up brilliantly: You know, those whose significance in the grand scheme of things as far as most are concerned is exclusively copenhagn by the work they have done.

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