Thanks for your comments and recommendation.
I ordered the paperback version of this book from Amazon.com. It will
arrive next week.
I made some progress over the holiday reading books
that I collected for my retirement. (So many books! I thought I
would have more time!)
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Sent: Friday, January 09, 2004 5:43
Subject: Antw: [cdn-nucl-l] Performance
of play 'Copenhagen' very entertaining
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
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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"Jerry Cuttler" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
04.01.2004 15.07 Uhr >>>
I saw a performance of a play
'Copenhagen' at The Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto last night.
about a visit by Werner Heisenberg to the home of Neils and Margrethe Bohr in
Denmark in 1941. The acting is exceptionally good.
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
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.