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 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. But in his Tony Award-winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn shows us cooenhagen these men were passionate, p For most people, the principles of nuclear physics are not only incomprehensible but inhuman.

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.

The play’s other two micuael, the Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, are involved with Heisenberg in an after-death analysis of copeenhagen actual meeting that has long puzzled historians.

Inthe German scientist visited Bohr, his old mentor and long-time frayh, in Copenhagen. After a brief discussion in the Bohrs’ home, the two men went for a short walk. 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.

Frayn’s cunning conceit is to use the scientific underpinnings of atomic physics, from Schr?

To Margrethe, Heisenberg was always an untrustworthy student, eager to steal from her husband’s knowledge. To Bohr, Heisenberg was a brilliant if irresponsible foster son, whose lack of moral compass was part of his genius.

As for Heisenberg, the man who could have built the bomb but somehow failed to, his dilemma is at the heart of the play’s conflict. Frayn’s clever dramatic structure, which returns repeatedly to particular scenes from different points of view, allows several possible theories as to what his motives could have been.

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May 10, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: And I just had no idea about Heisenberg’s involvement in the Nazi nuclear project. Can’t imagine how I missed reading about that earlier.


The way he uses quantum mechanics as a sustained metaphor throughout. I didn’t think he’d be a – So what did you think?

I didn’t think he’d be able to pull it off, but it worked. Damn, you’re still giving me that look. It was about relationships. People trying their best to be decent human beings when all they have are bad choices. It was very moving. You just won’t admit it. Bohr was always sceptical about Heisenberg’s matrix algebra, but Heisenberg’s line was that if it made the right predictions then it doesn’t matter that there’s no intuitive interpretation.

I thought Frayn was clever to twist it around and apply Heisenberg’s reasoning to his own life. I’m not sure you really understood that bit. It copenhagn that hard to follow. For an arts graduate. I noticed tears in your eyes at one point. I thought I’d got away with it. Neither one explains the whole story, you have to keep going back and forward between them.

It’s like, what do you call it – – The Principle of Complementarity. You might have a point there. Yes, that can’t be accidental.

He was smart to do that. And, ah, you’re kind of beautiful too. I was wondering if I could kiss you. View all 8 comments. View all 5 comments.

If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. The question bears the same gravitas as the one regarding books. Much like books, the theatre allows me copsnhagen experience something different. Not like books or movies though, the ccopenhagen often feels more real since I share the same space as the actors.

While books can help me enter the world of the 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. While books can help me enter the world of the story, and temporarily leave my own life, being a theatre buff can also bring meaning into my life as well. Maybe the play shows me a different perspective of the world that I did not notice before.

Often, plays give me that something extra, be it the love, the strength, or the determination that I need to move forward in my life. One is the uncertainty principle, and the other is my mysterious visit to Niels Bohr in Copenhagen in Or thinks he does.

No one understands my trip to Copenhagen. To Bohr himself, and Margrethe. To interrogators and intelligence officers, to journalists and historians. Well, I shall be happy to make one more attempt. Now no one can be hurt, now no one can be betrayed. View all 6 comments.

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

View all 3 comments. Jun 19, the gift rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 22, Jenny Reading Envy rated it liked it Shelves: I wish this had come with stage directions, because it was difficult to understand some of the dialogue without knowing how they were interacting or not on stage. 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. Nov 02, Anna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 19, notgettingenough rated it it was amazing Shelves: As I watched it I knew I had to see it again but wouldn’t be able to as the season was booked out.


As it was, the night we went our seats were on the stage. Still, it meant I bought the book the next day. Gleefully grabbed by one of the people I went with before I could blink, so I hope that gives you an idea of how dense and yet magnetic this play is.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you’re interested in history of science and WW2, especially physics and atomic bomb, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Of course, this is a work of fiction and Frayn knows nothing about quantum mechanics, but still It was when I read a remarkable book I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

As soon as I read it I began to think that this story reflected some of the problems that I had been thinking about in philosophy for a long time. How we know why people do what they do, and even how one knows what one does oneself. It’s a fundamental question We can [in theory] never know everything about human thinking. 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.

Bohr and Heisenberg are longtime friends and collaborators, and from them we hear about their relationship and their physics, how politics affects everything, and how difficult it is to keep those apart. Margrethe is there to ask questions on our behalf, to make them explain their science “in plain language” cause she, though an intelligent lady, wasn’t a physicist herself and to represent public opinion while Bohr adored Heisenberg, “she always had a much more negative view of him and she was particularly suspicious of that meeting in Margrethe is there in the way that all the other people in the world are attempting to explain his behavior”, says Frayn.

They sit and talk, over and over again trying to reconstruct what happened, but can’t agree as Bohr wrote to Heisenberg in a letter he never sent: The way Frayn applied their scientific theories to their lives particularly impressed me, but, above all, it’s a story about scientists as human beings, something I always enjoy reading.

I hear there’s a TV movie based on it – Copenhagen with Daniel Craig as Werner Heisenberg – guess that’s as close as I’ll get to seeing this play. 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 read the play this week to extract quotes for further work with my students.