Copenhagen has ratings and reviews. Manny said: So what did you think?- I liked it! A lot of really interesting historical stuff about the. More information has come to light, since Michael Frayn’s play premiered in , about its subject: the ruptured friendship between the. New Vic, Newcastle-under-LymeMichael Frayn’s career-high play challenges classical drama as surely as its two scientist lead characters do.

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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. They were brilliant minds, lofty and untouchable to the likes of me. Archived from the original on 22 February This is I feel the premise and emotion garnered from this work. 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.

What they discussed on that walk, and its implications for both scientists, have long been a mystery, even though both scientists gave conflicting accounts in later years. Not just that, but dear God–when will writers stop using paper-thin physics metaphors to make the most mundane observations about everyday life? I actually like the play a lot. Sep 19, Reuben rated it did not like it Shelves: What do historians think, in the end, that Heisenberg was trying to do when he visited his mentor Niels Bohr in occupied Copenhagen in the fall of ?

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Paperbackpages. However, as a work of literature, as something to read and enjoy it is superb! Frayn’s cunning conceit is to use the scientific underpinnings of atomic physics, from Schr?

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

These drafts proved to be significant in several respects. The more I’ve explained, the deeper the uncertainty has become. Or thinks he does. Because the concepts in physics and feayn are at times very complicated or very abstract, Frayn uses several controlling images to better relate certain ideas to his audience. The world that Frayn presents is outside of our conceptions as audience members, simply by virtue of the fact that no one attending the play has ever died.


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Interesting subject, first act was much better than the second, I thought the fayn was trying too hard to make quantum mechanics match the possibilities of what happened at Bohr’s home. Books by Michael Frayn. Starting with several conflicting but sometimes co-existent historical accounts, Frayn creates fictionalized versions of these three figures copenagen sets them talking. Heisenbergs line sums this the essence of the work up brilliantly: It needs actors to make it not feel dry.

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 problem — as there was the possibility that progress in this sphere could lead copnehagen grave consequences in the technique of the war.

He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. The characters are of course infinitely fascinating as well as the setting, but it lacks the elements of live theater that the audience would crave such as any descriptions of set, placement, and interactions frwyn give life to this work.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. Among the documents were the unsent letters Bohr drafted to Heisenberg in about Jungk’s book and other topics. I’m confident it would be an honor to stage this play and I am confident I would be thrilled to serve as the dramaturg on such a production. Copenhagen is a delightful play about physics.


But in his Tony Award-winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn shows us that these men were passionate, philosophical, and all too human, even though one of the three historical figures in his drama, Werner Heisenberg, was the head of the Nazis’ effort to develop a nuclear weapon.

And memories are, of course, tricky things, as any psychologist will tell you. Jamie Hinde’s explosive Heisenberg is like the active agent in a nuclear reaction, and John O’Mahony’s Bohr the control rod that slows it down.

Some thoughts for me to ponder: It also abandons the abstract staging of the theatrical version in favour of being set in the city of Copenhagen, in Bohr’s frahn house.

Jeremy Bernstein in particular has done some work on it. All that said, I for once have For Valentine’s Day, Jesse gave me an uninterrupted hour to read Copenhagen and write the review.

Even for this effort though, criticism arose about the complexity of the play and the difficulty for viewers to comprehend. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The two had worked on quantum mechanics and revolutionized atomic physics in the past, but now the world had changed and the two men were on copenagen sides in a world war and Denmark was under German occupation.


InGerman physicist Werner Heisenberg made a clandestine trip to have dinner with his friend, Danish physicist Niels Bohr, and his wife, Margrethe. I’m your enemy; I’m also your friend. Heisenberg — “No one understands my trip to Copenhagen.

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