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Frayn's cunning conceit is to use the scientific underpinnings of atomic physics, from Schrödinger's famous cat to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, to explore how an individual's point of view renders attempts to discover the ultimate truth of any human interaction fundamentally impossible. 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. This isn't the first play to successfully merge the worlds of science and theater (one is inevitably reminded of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and Hapgood), but it's certainly one of the most dramatically successful. --John Longenbaugh --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The book and the play paint a compelling picture of the three.
From their perspective, there has been a tendency to read Heisenberg's 1941 visit to Bohr as an effort to recruit Bohr to the German scientific fold.
Frayn's play was the most actively thought-provoking work I'd read in quite a while, and it is a masterful piece of witing.
A stunning play; a mystery and an important piece of history.Published 2 months ago by Edwin J. Hancock
Well, it's a soft-cover printed version of the play, pretty much exactly as advertised. Only way I could be disappointed is if I didn't like the play. (I do like the play. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kiff Scholl
Amazing! This play won a Tony Award in 2000. How I wish I had been there!Published 3 months ago by Readinginmytree
Read it aloud, if possible with one or two friends. The question may not be answerable, but the issues raised... Read morePublished 6 months ago by M.E.Anderson
I'll never forget his novel =The Russian Interpreter=. Nor will I ever forget =Copenhagen=, which does a masterful job of melding human drama with physics. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kelly Cherry
First, I think this book would benefit most by an update by the author that discussed the letter from Bohr which clearly implicated Heisenberg as attempting to develop a Nazi bomb... Read morePublished 9 months ago by LJS
Imagination, Reality, Fantasy, Physics, History, Ethics, Moral,.. all together in this tale. If you are fond to physycs (or if you stil remember something) for sure you will be... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Raul Gomez
The Play "Copenhagen" is a masterwork by Michael Frayn, the man responsible for the hilarious farce Noises Off. Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. Adducchio
I like it because the hornist is superb. I would certainly recommend it to my music friends. First class orchestra.Published 13 months ago by Kirsten Tholstrup