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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.
Fascinating play about the "final core of uncertainty at the heart of things". Can we ever be sure of why we do things? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gro Asland
I'm sure the CD was fine, but I returned it because it wasn't what I thought I was purchasing. When I typed in the original play, the screen brought up an accurate picture and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joyce Bergan
"Copenhagen" is a great play. It is extremely well-written and thoughtful. The characters are well-represented and realistic. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tawni
A stunning play; a mystery and an important piece of history.Published 11 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 11 months ago by Kiff Scholl
Amazing! This play won a Tony Award in 2000. How I wish I had been there!Published 11 months ago by Readinginmytree