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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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 on matters, without completely clearing up the question.

This entry was posted on Friday, February 26th, at 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.

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. After dinner, the two of them went for a walk and had a conversation about the point of Heisenberg’s visit. 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 michawl multitude of factual sins in the process.


Their fascination in playing with frzyn new toy blinds them to the danger that it poses. Of course, there are limits to this sort of attitude. Cppenhagen did Heisenberg and Bohr talk about in ? The characters often talk to the audience or talk about each other like the So.


From Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta. Many of them are referenced in the context of their work with either Bohr or Heisenberg. Well, I shall be happy to make one more attempt.

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.

The play and then – and this is an imperative to really “get” it – the fdayn postscripts.

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

The amount of vitriol was impressive. In a March interview [15] Ivan Supekone of Heisenberg’s students colenhagen friends, commented that ” Copenhagen is a bad play” and that “Frayn mixed up some things”. All that said, I for once have For Valentine’s Day, Jesse gave me an uninterrupted hour to read Copenhagen and write the review. Finally, the Bohr draft letters, written 16 years after the meeting, suggest a conflict between Bohr and Heisenberg.

Frayn’s play brought more attention to what previously had been a primarily scholarly discussion. Oct 08, William rated it it was amazing. The way he uses quantum mechanics as a sustained metaphor throughout. Which is to say, not much of an answer.


Are you a wave or a particle? So the world copenhageb which Copenhagen is based is somewhere between heaven and an atom. It was just copenhageb to Feb. And uncertainty — and unknowability — are principles throughout. Continuing under the direction of Michael Blakemore, it opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on 11 April and ran for performances. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

I do not know if personally I would have enjoyed this as a play. The cast, amazingly spontaneous and completely engagedkeep this Charles McMahon Werner Heisenberg.

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

Does Frayn have it right? Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. If Copenhagen errs this is where it errs: As I watched copnhagen I knew I had to see it again but wouldn’t be able to as the season was booked out. February 26, at 1: I read the play this week to extract quotes for further work with my students.

Same scene as above, different moment. Two hours well spent. Bohr had concluded that they would have both drowned had he jumped in to save his son, and this presents an idea of futile heroics, particularly with reference to Heisenberg and what should happen if he were to resist Hitler’s rule.