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 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. Frayn’s great success is in his presentation of the material: I liked the spin of “life mimics art” into “science mimics life mimics art.

Inthe German scientist visited Bohr, his old mentor and long-time friend, in Copenhagen.


It also abandons the abstract staging of the theatrical version in favour of being set in the city of Copenhagen, in Bohr’s old house. This is the essence of the conflict that two eminent scientists with giant leap contributions to modern physics Almost 4. Copenhagen is a play by Michael Fraynbased on an event that occurred in Copenhagen ina meeting between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Retrieved from ” https: For more, follow wellerstein. As I watched it I knew I had to see it again but wouldn’t be able to as the season was booked out.

Plain language and scientific language both operate in this play. Did Heisenberg try to sabotage the German bomb project?

Having said that, I really appreciated the attempt to marry science to art. In his post-script, he writes, “If this needs any justification, I copenhaten only appeal to Heisenberg himself. There’s a great deal of talk about physics, along with some personal anecdotes, and there’s always the spectre of the bomb.


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 the implications of their lives on history and science. 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 by the history of science, in particular by the lives of the various actors involved.


Nov 02, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Starting with several conflicting but sometimes co-existent historical accounts, Frayn creates fictionalized versions of these three figures and sets them talking. Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers.

But here also is where the historians might be annoying and pedantic. Even for this effort though, criticism arose about the complexity of the play and the difficulty for viewers to comprehend. Though the dialogue does not contradict logic, it cannot be called realistic in the strictest sense.

Micahel 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. On another note, I cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Heisenberg while I read this and it made it incredibly entertaining for me.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. Did they really talk like this, mcihael these things? It needs actors to make it not feel dry. Millennium Approaches Angels in America: Heisenberg tried to convey his opinions later during private discussions with Bohr. This isn’t the first play to successfully merge the world It copenhagej Diebner, not Heisenberg, that suggested using cubes of uranium and not plates.

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Arguably Oppenheimer would not have been a good pick either, had their not been a Groves. And the screenplay includes an excellent page non-fiction history of quantum mechanics and Heisenberg.


But it made that scholarship seem relevant. 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. This talk probably started with my question as to whether or not it was right for physicists to devote themselves in wartime to the uranium bby — as there was the possibility that progress in this sphere could lead to grave consequences in the technique of the war.

Victor Weisskopf makes a cameo appearance on the left, in the back.

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.

You know, those whose significance in the grand scheme of things as far as most are concerned is exclusively defined by the work they have done.

It wasn’t that hard to follow. This is the essence of the conflict that two eminent scientists with giant leap contributions to modern physics find themselves embroiled with. Oct 22, Jenny Reading Envy rated it liked it Shelves: I listened to this without speaking since [a] great matter for mankind was at issue in which, despite our personal friendship, we had to be regarded as representatives of two sides engaged in mortal combat.

Many of them are referenced in the context of their work with either Bohr or Heisenberg. I thought I’d got away with it.