Copenhagen

Copenhagen

by Michael Frayn
     
 

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The Tony Award—winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb.

In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a clandestine trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart and friend Niels…  See more details below

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The Tony Award—winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb.

In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a clandestine trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart and friend Niels Bohr. Their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle had revolutionized atomic physics. But now the world had changed and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions that have vexed historians ever since. In Michael Frayn’s ambitious, fiercely intelligent, and daring new play Heisenberg and Bohr meet once again to discuss the intricacies of physics and to ponder the metaphysical—the very essence of human motivation.


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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A piece of history, an intellectual thriller, a psychological investigation and a moral tribunal in full session.” —Sunday Times of London

“Probably the best play about science ever written in English drama. Forget the physics. The greatest experiment... is the dramatic form itself.” —The Guardian

Sunday Times of London

A piece of history, an intellectual thriller, a psychological investigation and a moral tribunal in full session.
The Guardian

Probably the best play about science ever written in English drama. Forget the physics. The greatest experiment... is the dramatic form itself.
Daily Telegraph

Frayn has seized on a real-life historical and scientific mystery. In 1941 the physicist Werner Heisenberg, who formulated the famous Uncertainty Principle about the movement of particles, and was at that time leading the Nazi's nuclear programme, went to visit his old boss and mentor, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen. What was the purpose of his visit to Nazi-occupied Denmark? What did the two old friends say to each other, particularly bearing in mind that Bohr was both half-Jewish and a Danish patriot?... Frayn argues that just as it is impossible to be certain of the precise location of an electron, so it is impossible to be certain about the workings of the human mind... What is certain is that Frayn makes ideas zing and sing in this play.
Independent

A profound and haunting meditation on the mysteries of human motivation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307433060
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/04/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
380,972
File size:
2 MB

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John Peter
"Michael Frayn's tremendous new play is a piece of history, an intellectual thriller, a psychological investigation and a moral tribunal in full session."

-- Sunday Times

Meet the Author

Michael Frayn's award-winning plays include Alphabetical Order, Make and Break and Noises Off, all of which received Best Comedy of the Year awards, while Benefactors was named Best Play of the Year. Other recent works include Democracy, and Copenhagen, winner of numerous awards including the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Best Play Awards 1998. In 2007 the Donmar Warehouse premiered his new work The Crimson Hotel.

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