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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The play also contains an extensive Postscript by the author, discussing much of the historical background to the play and including a useful bibliography. It is not a clear statement for or against a bomb to mention an experimental reactor design — you can interpret it multiple ways, depending on what one thinks Heisenberg trayn trying to accomplish e. 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.

These are all traits of the artistic style known as Expressionism. The three characters dance around one another in elementary orbits.

They feared over-promising with regards to a risky endeavor. It needs actors to make it not feel dry. There are many other, more interesting reasons to attribute the failure of the German bomb project. One meeting is generally not the stuff that history is made of.

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. If the Germans had someone more like Fermi on their team, one can imagine them getting a pile working by the crayn of the war. For most people, the principles of nuclear physics are not only incomprehensible but inhuman.

He was smart to do that. Even someone with only a passing familiarity with the story will enjoy this.


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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Copenhagen is among the unlikelier dramas of recent times to have become a great success.

At the end of that conversation, their friendship was over and Heisenberg returned to Germany. Are you a wave or a particle? 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. Many of them are referenced in the context of their work with either Bohr or Heisenberg.

But even with translation in mind, Frayn defends that the words in the script are those that the characters would actually say. All that said, I for once have no desire to talk openly about this play and the thought of writing a review makes me tired.

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.

Did he consciously prevent the initiation of a Nazi nuclear program? What do historians think, in the end, that Heisenberg was trying to do when he copenhagfn his mentor Niels Bohr in occupied Copenhagen in the fall of ?

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. Supek received these details in a confidential conversation with Margrethe who thought he would never make them public.

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This article needs additional citations for verification. Frayn’s clever dramatic structure, which returns repeatedly to particular scenes from different trayn of view, allows several possible theories as to what his motives could have been.

The Americans ended up for various reasons thinking it could be done; the Germans thought it was not worth the risk and expense. Copenhagen, Retrieved 3 Novemberhttp: From Early Concepts to Relativity and Michaeel.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sep 19, Reuben rated it did not like it Shelves: Retrieved 10 February 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 copnhagen.

Indeed, Bohr’s letters note that Heisenberg spoke “in vague terms”, from which Bohr was only able to form an “impression” about Heisenberg’s efforts. For the moment the only coherent thing I can say is: And it is all put together in a very entertaining way. 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.

They knew what atomic bombs could be. Heisenberg appears to have sounded out Bohr, to determine It also abandons the abstract staging of the theatrical version in favour of being set in copennhagen city of Copenhagen, in Bohr’s old house.

I do not know if personally I would have enjoyed this as a play. That my silence and gravity, as you write in the letter, could be taken as an expression of shock at your reports that it was possible to make an atomic bomb is a quite peculiar misunderstanding, which must be due to the great tension in your own mind.