DIRECTORThe Ensemble Studio Theatre / The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
TITLECreating Copenhagen
DISTRIBUTORThe Graduate Center of the City University of New York
RUNNING TIME323 minutes

This is a three tape video recording of a City University of New York (CUNY) symposium in 2000 on the award winning play Copenhagen, which explores the 1941 meeting in Copenhagen between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Tape one focuses on scientific aspects of nuclear physics and the interpretation of quantum mechanics that Bohr and Heisenberg formulated. Scholarly speakers describe the basic principles and historical events behind the discovery of fission, approaches to quantum mechanics, and experiments in quantum mechanics. Tape two analyzes the historical Bohr and Heisenberg; their colleagues and scholars, including physicist Hans Bethe and Heisenberg biographer David Cassidy, examine the historical basis for the play, why Germany did not create an atomic bomb, and the conversations and disagreements between Heisenberg and Einstein concerning quantum theory. Physicist John Wheeler adds personal recollections of the two scientists. The last tape contains remarks by the play’s author, Michael Frayn, and its director, Michael Blakemore, concerning the meaning, creation, and various productions of the play.

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