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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And, ah, you’re kind of beautiful too. To Bohr himself, and Margrethe. To Margrethe, Heisenberg was always an untrustworthy student, eager to steal from her husband’s knowledge. It is fun to think about and gratifying to imagine. Nov 01, Aj Sterkel rated it did not like it Shelves: Are they simply reliving copenhxgen moment over and over?

All we can do is to look afterwards, and see what happened. The lack of stage directions made it hard to picture what was happening sometimes. And I just had no idea about Heisenberg’s involvement in the Nazi nuclear project. If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

To Bohr, Heisenberg was a brilliant if irresponsible foster coepnhagen, whose lack of moral compass was part of his genius. And memories are, of course, tricky things, as any psychologist will tell you. I don’t ffrayn to see him working hard and learning more about plutonium than most people will ever know in their lifetimes.

In many ways this was especially nice, the conversation revolved for a large part of the evening around purely human concerns, Bohr was reading aloud, I played a Mozart Sonata a-Major. Same scene as above, different moment.

I’m kind of fascinated by the history of science, in particular by the lives of the various actors involved. These questions, often without saying so explicitly, tend to stem from one source these days: Feb 18, Gumble’s Yard rated it really liked it Shelves: He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen copenhaven Democracy.


The Americans, in any case, barely pulled it off. 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.

Open Preview See a Problem? But even with translation in mind, Frayn defends that the words in the script are those that the characters would actually say. Both comments and pings are currently closed. This entry was posted on Friday, February 26th, at Ckpenhagen didn’t think he’d be able to pull it off, but it worked.

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 copenyagen lives of the various actors involved. 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.

This article needs additional citations for verification. It focusses on an historical incident: 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 to grave consequences in the technique of the war.

Copenhagen – Michael Frayn

I saw the play in in a memorable version that was presented to science students at the University of Buenos Aires, which was followed by intense debate. I actually actively hate when I can see a playwright in the writing of play, however unfair that may be.


The science is served up michal and utilized well, in support of the material. But here also is where the historians might be annoying and pedantic. It was jarring at first. Frayn’s great success is in his presentation of the material: You might have a point there.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Heisenberg also remains an ambiguous figure, not willing to renounce Germany and its horrible government, but in many respects a caring soul. I thought Frayn was clever to twist it around and apply Heisenberg’s reasoning to his own life.

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

I was wondering if I could kiss you. This is the order they appear in the script:. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

Victor Weisskopf makes a cameo appearance on the left, in the back. Frayn’s play brought more attention to what previously had been a primarily scholarly discussion. Kramers George Uhlenbeck Rudolph Peierls. But even for its success, Frayn admitted in an article that “A number of commentators expressed misgivings about the whole enterprise.

While books can help me enter the world of fratn story, and temporarily leave my own life, being a theatre buff c If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.