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Antw: [cdn-nucl-l] Performance of play 'Copenhagen' veryentertaining
I`ve read a book about Heisenberg a few years ago. It`s called "Heisenberg and the Nazi Atomic Bomb Project - A study in German Culture" ( ISBN 3-85842-422-6 , University of California Press, Berkeley) , the author is Paul Lawrence Rose, an American. The book contains a lot of detailed informations about the Nazi`s plans to build the Atomic Bomb and Heisenberg`s reservations. Furthermore you can read a lot about the relationship between Heisenberg, Einstein, Strassmann, Bohr and some other scientists. I like the letters to Nils Bohr and Albert Einstein the most. Obviously Rose don`t like Germans and their culture, because he ..... no, it`s better you make your own opinion. I can recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the tragic of German scientists during Hitlers "big days".
By the way, I grew up in a street that is called "Heisenberg Street", vocation ? Anyway, I met Werner von Heisenberg again during my authorization process, during classes in Reactor Physics. That inspired me to buy the book.
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I saw a performance of a play 'Copenhagen' at The Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto last night.
It's about a visit by Werner Heisenberg to the home of Neils and Margrethe Bohr in Denmark in 1941. The acting is exceptionally good.
The dialogue, which goes on for 2-1/2 hours, is a fascinating mixture of physics, politics and personalities. The portrayal of the two scientists and Bohr's wife is very interesting and powerful. And there is much discussion about the history and behaviour of many other scientists who contributed to the monumental discoveries of the physics of the atom and fission, such as Einstein, De Broglie, Schrodinger, Fermi, Hahn, Strassmann, Meitner, Frisch, Wheeler, Pauli and others. Some of the thinking and arguments that went on behind the discoveries are described.
Strong emotions are expressed and heavy ethical issues are debated, including, of course, the development of the A-bomb. The atmosphere of the war and the terrible holocaust is quite vivid.
It was surprising that the audience, who seemed to be average couples, appeared to enjoy the play and be strongly moved by the experience. They came back after the intermission. My wife gained a much better understanding and appreciation of what goes on in the world of scientific discovery and controversy. We talked ...
The play will run through January and February.