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Copenhagen

Written by Michael Frayn

Copenhagen
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Category: Drama - British & Irish
Imprint: Anchor
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: August 2000
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72079-3 (0-385-72079-3)
Pages: 144
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In 1941 the German physicist Werner Heisenberg made a strange trip to Copenhagen to see his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. They were old friends and close colleagues, and they had revolutionized atomic physics in the 1920s with their work together on quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. But now the world had changed, and the two men were on opposite sides in a world war. The meeting was fraught with danger and embarrassment and ended in disaster.

Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen and what he wanted to say to Bohr are questions that have exercised historians ever since. In Michael Frayn's new play, which soars at the intersection of science and art, Heisenberg meets Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, once again to look for the answers and to work out, just as they had once worked out the internal functioning of the atom, how we can ever know why we do what we do.

"This extraordinary play--at once a historical detective story, a lecture in morality and a lesson in advanced nuclear physics--shows that Michael Frayn, at his best, can blend bogglingly cerebral material with the skill of a theatrical craftsman." --The Evening Standard



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and educated at Cambridge. Copenhagen is the thirteenth of his plays, which include Noises Off, Benefactors, and Wild Honey. His nine novels include Against Entropy, The Trick of It, A Landing on the Sun, and the 1999 Booker Prize finalist Headlong. He is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin.





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