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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Feb 18, Gumble’s Yard rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 19, notgettingenough rated it it was amazing Shelves: This pair of questions, as a pair of cities Hiroshima and Copenhagenis interesting to me as a historian.

Copenhagen (play) – Wikipedia

These are the agreed-upon facts of that evening, but no one can seem to agree on exactly what was said during that conversation: I did not respond to this at all, but as you perhaps regarded this as an expression of doubt, you related how in the preceding years you had devoted yourself almost exclusively to the question and copenhagn quite certain that it could be done In my mind, those are the really important things to get out of a play.

It wasn’t that hard to follow. I also couldn’t help but think that surely Frayn was taking huge liberties with the “science” behind these theories, if not altogether explaining things wrongly. The story focuses on physics and the atomic bomb, but most of all on relationships and et I have been listening to few old plays this weekend and this one really touched me.


The Americans ended up for various reasons thinking it could be done; the Germans thought it was not worth the risk and expense. The play could be boiled down to this one statement fr This is an interesting play. I have no actual proof of this, just my cynicism coming out about how often people use science wrongly in order to feed their human agendas 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.


Sometimes one character will not notice that there are other people in the space, and speak as if to no one. As I watched copsnhagen I knew I had to see it again but wouldn’t be able to as the season was booked out.

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

You might have a point there. The way he uses quantum mechanics as a sustained metaphor throughout. Two hours well spent.

So the world in which Copenhagen is based is somewhere between heaven and an atom. Copenhagen, Retrieved 3 Novemberhttp: I think there is too much license given to the mind to make for a good idea of ranking this as a stage act.

I don’t want to see him working hard and learning more about plutonium than most people will ever know in their lifetimes. This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat Better review to come.

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

Yes, that can’t be accidental. At issue, in essence, was the atomic bomb. We can [in theory] never know everything about human thinking. The question of whether Heisenberg was a saboteur or not is not on that level, even if I think the bulk of the historical profession would not agree with Frayn that it is as likely an explanation for the German failure as any other.

Inthe German scientist visited Bohr, his old mentor and long-time friend, in Copenhagen. It needs actors to make it not feel dry.


The characters are all plagued by some form of guilt or another, particularly in reference to the atomic bomb, and they copenhahen trapped in this world, doomed to forever speculate on that evening in Copenhagen in to determine how the world might have been changed. His works often rais Michael Frayn is an English playwright and novelist.

Finally, the Bohr draft letters, written 16 years after the meeting, suggest a conflict between Bohr and Heisenberg. 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 ,ichael were to resist Hitler’s rule.

And I like that.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Jeremy Bernstein in particular has done some work on it. They are also all dead, reconvening in some sort of afterlife and going over old times. There is a great amount known about all of the primary characters presented in Copenhagen ; the following includes those bits of information which are directly relevant and referenced in the work itself.

Plain language and scientific language both operate in this play.

Sep 04, Nicki rated it liked it Shelves: 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.