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He intertwines his life-long contemplation of justice, his fascination with science, and his fears and concerns about Cold War macro politics to create a small universe to amplify the social and logical inconsistencies of the real world. Newton has a bottle of cognac hidden in the fireplace.

The story captivated me from the beginning and I think it was very suspenseful. After much debate, the three men finally agree that they are content to protect humanity by living out the rest of their lives in captivity, while furthering and serving physics. Is it because I strangled the nurse that you want to arrest me, or because it was I who paved the way for the atomic bomb? Published February 1st by Diogenes first published The family moved to Bern in The music soundtrack is from Bernard Herrmann’s less well known score to Fahrenheit Of course when this was first performed inthe Cold War was still on and this felt more of a live issue.

Fortunately Durrenmatt’s contribution to the debate is light-hearted and quite funny on paper. The Cold War, the arms race, and policies of mutually assured destruction suggested that instead science was too easily being used for bad — indeed, literally world-threatening — ends.


The Physicists | play by Dürrenmatt |

The classic conception of comedy, which began with Aristotle in…. A police inspector investigates the murder of nurse who has been found strangled at a sanatorium. View all 12 comments. The light relief dialogue is there for the purpose of keeping a puzzled live audience amused, and on phyziker this doubtful sprinkling of humour did not come through; similarly the two murders and police investigations range false in such unrealistic treatment.

Where the first act was macabre and absurd, the second seems intent on providing detailed explanations which sends the delicious oddity out the windowand tailspins into a diatribe against modern technology particularly, but not exclu Absolutely terrific first act, which portrays three men in an asylum, each claiming to be a brilliant physicist. I thought this was an important message to the world, I thought theater was a terrific vehicle for saying it.

Although only a few of his works are still read,…. Can it be self-imposed? Thank you for your feedback. A questo punto tutto si fa molto interessante: Germany did not become a modern nation-state untiland the prior history of the various…. A piece hard to better for complex simplicity. We can’t change unless we understand.

For the last few hundred thousand years, larger and larger areas of the planet have been turning to desert as humans cut and burn forests and graze their herds.

View all 4 comments. The Fie of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Man could not be trusted with the knowledge that physicists were able to discover. But it also shows us that art and sciences have an ethical core, a message to deliver to those living under the spell of an insanely needy personality. Is Newton as complicit in the deaths of those who died via the atomic bomb which his discoveries helped create as he is in the death of the nurse he just directly murdered?


This drawing room connects to three rooms, each of which is inhabited by a mentally ill patient. It is contrasted on the one hand with tragedy and on the other with farce, burlesque, and other forms of humorous amusement. I physiekr want to see the play one day. These three men, all physicists durrenmagt trade, are permitted use of the drawing room, where they are periodically monitored by the female nurses that are charged with their care.

Incredible, unpredictable and funny book with a deep message for the world.

Die Physiker

Imagine that person having access to nuclear power. Sounds like the beginning of a dif Informed by the Second World War and the physikeer recent advances in science and nuclear technology, the play deals with questions of scientific ethics and humanity’s ability to handle its intellectual responsibilities. At first the execution reminded me of Tom Stoppard — high praise round my way, because I think Stoppard’s one of the greatest writers alive.

I like to be lead by the author and I miss this in plays.