AUTHORDorries, Matthias, Ed.
TITLEMichael Frayn's Copenhagen in Debate
PUBLISHEROffice for History of Science and Technology, University of California
CITYBerkeley, CA

This book contains ten essays written by historians regarding Michael Frayn’s 1998 play, Copenhagen and its historical referent. The subject of the play is the 1941 wartime meeting between Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen, Denmark. The lack of a written record of what occurred at the meeting has stimulated much discussion among historians. Each contributor presents his or her views of the play and its historical and moral contexts. Contributors include three biographers of Heisenberg: David Cassidy, Thomas Powers, and Paul Rose. According to the editor, the volume is an excellent introduction to the discipline of history since it concerns many of the contested historical issues of the twentieth century, including Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, nuclear weapons, and quantum mechanics. An appendix contains documents written by Bohr and Heisenberg after the war, which were released in 2002.

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