Inspirated by Michael Frayn's Copenhagen
Diffractive Copenhagen project, inspired by Michael Frayn’s play Copenhagen (1998), is a play based on a meeting between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen in 1941. Two Physics PhD students take you on a journey across spaces, through the past, the present and into the future. Theatrical experience and lecture performance merge with WebVR as you are invited to the Copenhagen event in St John’s College. This is a new digital format theatrical experience exploring how Bohr and Heisenberg's story weaves into our lives at present? What are the implications of this history for us today?
Summary 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 the world had changed, and the two men were on opposite sides in the Second 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 which have exercised historians ever since.