cynth (cynthtastic) wrote,

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Just saw the play "Copenhagen." It's a theorization of the conversation that took place between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in September of 1941, in Copenhagen, while it was under German occupation. The two physicists had worked together and been friends for years, but Bohr was Dane and Heisenberg a German. No one knows what was said, but the resulting rift between Bohr and Heisenberg was never mended.

The play is amazing. You feel as though you're overhearing a conversation, as opposed to seeing a show. Despite the discussion of quantum physics and nuclear ... stuff, the dialogue is very attainable, and the allegory drawn from the theory and life and the friendship and the politics is striking without feeling contrived. Additionally, Bohr's wife plays an integral role in the story's development, and she's brilliant in her own way, which is not so far off from their (Bohr and Heisenberg's) way. She's a voice of reason, almost.

In any case, it's a fascinating, brilliantly written play, and it made me want to learn more about physics and history.

If you know me at all, you'll understand what an accomplishment that is.
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