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 revolutionised
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 the German physicist Heisenberg went to Copenhagen in
1942 and what he wanted to say to the Danish physicist Bohr are
questions which have exercised historians of nuclear physics ever
since. In Michael Frayn's new play 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. 'Michael Frayn's
tremendous new play is a piece of history, an intellectual
thriller, a psychological investigation and a moral tribunal in
full session.' Sunday Times
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