AUTHORFrayn, Michael
CITYLondon, England

This play imagines the mysterious encounter between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg that took place in Copenhagen in 1941. The two were former colleagues and friends who had jointly revolutionized physics with quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. Frayn’s drama presents a possible dialogue to explain why Germany’s leading atomic bomb scientist would visit the modern patriarch of atomic physics during World War II. In the play, Bohr, Heisenberg, and Bohr’s wife Margrethe reunite as ghosts and reminisce about the 1941 meeting and many other of their ideas and experiences. The play does more to dramatize an existential approach to physics and human relationships than it does to present clear answers of why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen.

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