Physicists



❮EPUB❯ ✺ Physicists Author Friedrich Dürrenmatt – E17streets4all.co.uk The Physicists is a provocative and darkly comic satire about life in modern times, by one of Europe s foremost dramatists and author of the internationally celebrated The VisitThe world s greatest ph The Physicists is a provocative and darkly comic satire about life in modern times, by one of Europe s foremost dramatists and author of the internationally celebrated The VisitThe world s greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm M bius, is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon He is kept company by two other equally deluded scientists one who thinks he is Einstein, another who believes he is Newton It soon becomes evident, however, that these three are not as harmlessly lunatic as they appear Are they, in fact, really mad Or are they playing some murderous game, with the world as the stake For M bius has uncovered the mystery of the universe and therefore the key to its destruction and Einstein and Newton are vying for this secret that would enable them to rule the earthAdded to this treacherous combination is the world renowned psychiatrist in charge, the hunchbacked Mathilde von Zahnd, who has some diabolical plans on her own With wry, penetrating humor, The Physicists probes beneath the surface of modern existence and, like Marat Sade, questions whether it is the mad who are the truly insane.Physicists

Friedrich D rrenmatt was a Swiss author and dramatistD rrenmatt was born in the Emmental canton of Bern , the son of a Protestant pastor His grandfather Ulrich D rrenmatt was a conservative politician The family moved to Bern in D rrenmatt began to study philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Zurich in , but moved to the University of Bern after one semester In he decided to become an author and dramatist and dropped his academic career In , he wrote his first play, It is written On October he married actress Lotti Geissler She died in and D rrenmatt was married again to another actress, Charlotte Kerr, the following yearHe was a proponent of epic theater whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II The politically active author gained fame largely due to his avant garde dramas, philosophically deep crime novels, and often macabre satire One of his leading sentences was A story is not finished, until it has taken the worst turn D rrenmatt was a member of the Gruppe Olten.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader and Einstein and Newton are vying for this secret that would enable them to rule the earthAdded to this treacherous combination is the world renowned psychiatrist in charge, the hunchbacked Mathilde von Zahnd, who has some diabolical plans on her own With wry, penetrating humor, The Physicists probes beneath the surface of modern existence and, like Marat Sade, questions whether it is the mad who are the truly insane."/>
  • Paperback
  • 96 pages
  • Physicists
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • English
  • 14 October 2019
  • 0802150888

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  1. says:

    Imagine an insane person with an abnormal need to dominate others at any cost Imagine that person having access to nuclear power Imagine the feeble resistance of scientists, thinking that they can escape from true insanity and responsibility for creating weapons of total destruction by hiding in an institution for the mentally ill Imagine the despair when they realise that they are trapped in a system running like a fine tuned machine to the tune of the Pied Piper, relying on human rats to Imagine an insane person with an abnormal need to dominate others at any cost Imagine that person having access to nuclear power Imagine the feeble resistance of scientists, thinking that they can escape from true insanity and responsibility for creating weapons of total destruction by hiding in an institution for the mentally ill Imagine the despair when they realise that they are trapped in a system running like a fine tuned machine to the tune of the Pied Piper, relying on human rats to follow the powerful psychopath and to turn the notions of good and evil, sane and insane, right and wrong, true and false, knowledge and belief into their complete opposites.D rrenmatt wrote an inventive masterpiece of universal impact, signalling to the world that civilisation is but a thin layer of polish, and that the bullying power of ruthless narcissists will almost always be a step ahead of reflective thinking and responsible behaviour If we needed proof that brutal ego centrism issuccessful than the much cited values of common sense and solidarity , The Physicists offers it in an uncomfortably accurate drama 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 We might not be able to stop those who are violent enough to disregard all of humanity, but as long as art and science exist, we can speak up in the name of reason Historical mistakes can t be undone, so we have a universal duty to keep thinking creatively to deal with them.This timeless classic is probably my favourite D rrenmatt an absolute must read

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    Macavity s Not ThereIn T.S Eliot s poem, Macavity The Mystery Cat, the protagonist is an accomplished feline criminal who causes havoc and confusion but is always is out of sight when the sheriff arriveswhen a crime s discovered, Macavity s not thereIn Durrenmatt s play, Macavity is there, in a Swiss asylum, but he disappears into a psychotic mind, or rather three such minds, of the men identified as Newton, Einstein, and M bius Three nurses have been strangled by those who appare Macavity s Not ThereIn T.S Eliot s poem, Macavity The Mystery Cat, the protagonist is an accomplished feline criminal who causes havoc and confusion but is always is out of sight when the sheriff arriveswhen a crime s discovered, Macavity s not thereIn Durrenmatt s play, Macavity is there, in a Swiss asylum, but he disappears into a psychotic mind, or rather three such minds, of the men identified as Newton, Einstein, and M bius Three nurses have been strangled by those who apparently love them with only the delusional husks of the perpetrators left behind Like Macavity, these areoutwardly respectablebut really quite dangerous.While all are mad, each is mad in a different way Newton only pretends to be Newton he is really, he believes, Einstein The pretence is a courtesy to the one who believes he s Einstein Or perhaps the pretence is a pretence and he really believes he is Newton, or someone else M bius has visions and conversations with King Solomon Einstein is a homicidal maniac But Fraulein Doktor is in charge of everything, including identityIt is I who decide who my patients think they are A bit like Chesterton s A Man Called Thursday, things are not what they seem As an intimate and devotee of Carl Jung, Fraulein Doktor, is part of a symbolic subterfuge The name of the place, Les Cerisiers, points to Chekov s The Cherry Orchard as an inspiration High intrigue, depth psychology, and murder mystery, all in the space of a theatrical hour A piece hard to better for complex simplicity To echo Eliot,There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity Postscript The Physicists addresses a similar ethical theme to Julien Benda s classic, The Treason of the Intellectuals but with a rather different twist It also might be considered a sort of riposte to Hermann Hesse s The Glass Bead Game regarding the desirability of a disengaged intelligentsia

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    The fact is, there s nothingscandalous than a miracle in the realm of science. Three of history s greatest physicists meet in a drawing room Newton, Einstein and M bius Newton has a bottle of cognac hidden in the fireplace Einstein has just strangled a woman to death And M bius is being visited by the ghost of King Solomon, who is telling him the secrets of a Unified Field Theory.Except the drawing room belongs to a Swiss insane asylum, and the three men are patients.What follows is The fact is, there s nothingscandalous than a miracle in the realm of science. Three of history s greatest physicists meet in a drawing room Newton, Einstein and M bius Newton has a bottle of cognac hidden in the fireplace Einstein has just strangled a woman to death And M bius is being visited by the ghost of King Solomon, who is telling him the secrets of a Unified Field Theory.Except the drawing room belongs to a Swiss insane asylum, and the three men are patients.What follows is a playful mash up of a country house murder mystery with a scientific drama of ideas 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 But while Stoppard s work is always discursive, and never tries to convince you of a particular position, D rrenmatt takes apolemic approach here especially in the second act, where the characters are increasingly fixated on the dangers of scientific discoveries falling into the wrong hands.She considered me an unrecognized genius She didn t realize that today it is the duty of a genius to remain unrecognized.Great line Of course when this was first performed in 1962, the Cold War was still on and this feltof a live issue It was less than 20 years since the real Einstein had famously said that if he d known what the results of nuclear research would be, he would have become a watchmaker He also said, The discovery of nuclear chain reactions need not bring about the destruction of mankind anythan did the discovery of matches, but no one remembers that one These are still crucial questions, but I think the sophistication of the debate has slightly overtaken the moral of this play Nevertheless, there is a huge amount of fun and intellectual enjoyment to be had here, with jokes and theories and interesting dramatic ideas on every page I d love to see it staged but if waiting for your local theatre to get on board seems daunting, the ideas involved make this well worth reading in the meantime

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    The content of physics is the concern of physicists its effect the concern of all men Friedrich D rrenmatt If one assumes a story, it must be thought through to the end Friedrich D rrenmattThe Physicists is a 1961 cold war tragic farce or black comedy by German playwright D rrenmatt based on the 1945 bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima How did the rational and supposedly apolitical discipline of science get us to the point of slaughtering millions of humans It s an absurd comedy, until i The content of physics is the concern of physicists its effect the concern of all men Friedrich D rrenmatt If one assumes a story, it must be thought through to the end Friedrich D rrenmattThe Physicists is a 1961 cold war tragic farce or black comedy by German playwright D rrenmatt based on the 1945 bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima How did the rational and supposedly apolitical discipline of science get us to the point of slaughtering millions of humans It s an absurd comedy, until it is no longer funny, of course, with a very moving conclusion, addressing the ethical dilemma that arises when politicians gain access to scientific knowledge that has the potential to destroy the world Kim Jong Un and 45 will surely help us recall the relevance of this play But it s not just about the bomb it s about rapacious greed and the future of the planet.Three physicists or three men who claim to be physicists are locked up in a madhouse, Newton, Einstein, and M bius Sounds like the beginning of a joke Three physicists walk into an insane asylum Yup, it s a grim joke, which asks about the appropriation or misappropriation or ignorance of science, but also, as does One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest, who is the real madman, or who are the real madmen M bius s final speech I am Solomon I am poor King Solomon Once I was immeasurably rich, wise, and God fearing The mighty trembled at my word I was a Prince of Peace, a Prince of Justice But my wisdom destroyed the fear of God Now the cities over which I ruled are dead, the Kingdom that was given over into my keeping is deserted, only a blue shimmering wilderness And somewhere round a small, yellow, nameless star there circles pointlessly, everlastingly, the radioactive earth I am Solomon I am Solomon I am poor King Solomon So M bius admits that it was mistaking scientific knowledge for wisdom that ultimately destroyed his kingdom.I was in a production of The Physicists at Calvin College in Fall of 1971, when I was a freshman Thespian, with the amazing Thomas Bloom as Herr M bius It was my first play on the big stage, and I was the Second Policeman, I think, with no lines, just standing on stage for twenty minutes and taking dead bodies off the stage I was overwhelmed by the play, the production, moved to tears every single night I thought this was an important message to the world, and I thought theater was a terrific vehicle for saying it Still do You can listen to a full dramatic production, and read along with it, as I did, and here is an intro to it is followed by a thoughtful interview with Richard Rhodes who wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning study of the development of the bomb Kubrick s Dr Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the phone conversation

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    Die Physiker eine Komodie in zwei Akten The Physicists, c 1966, Friedrich D rrenmattThe Physicists German Die Physiker is a satiric drama written in 1961 by Swiss writer Friedrich D rrenmatt Informed by the Second World War and the many recent advances in science and nuclear technology, the play deals with questions of scientific ethics and humanity s ability to handle its intellectual responsibilities It is often recognized as his most impressive yet most easily understood work.Characte Die Physiker eine Komodie in zwei Akten The Physicists, c 1966, Friedrich D rrenmattThe Physicists German Die Physiker is a satiric drama written in 1961 by Swiss writer Friedrich D rrenmatt Informed by the Second World War and the many recent advances in science and nuclear technology, the play deals with questions of scientific ethics and humanity s ability to handle its intellectual responsibilities It is often recognized as his most impressive yet most easily understood work.Characters Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Johann Wilhelm M bius, Herbert Georg Beutler, Ernst Heinrich Ernesti, Mathilde von Zahnd, Richard Vo , Monika Stettler 1984 1363 102 20 1390 112 9786009047567 20 1962

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    I consider The Physicists, together withThe Visit , to be one of Friedrich D rrenmatt s undisputed masterpieces A police inspector investigates the murder of nurse who has been found strangled at a sanatorium The murderer is known, he is one of three patients at the institution who all believe themselves to be great physicists In his case, he thinks he is Einstein It is the second murder of a nurse in three months, the first having been committed by the patient who thinks himself to be N I consider The Physicists, together withThe Visit , to be one of Friedrich D rrenmatt s undisputed masterpieces A police inspector investigates the murder of nurse who has been found strangled at a sanatorium The murderer is known, he is one of three patients at the institution who all believe themselves to be great physicists In his case, he thinks he is Einstein It is the second murder of a nurse in three months, the first having been committed by the patient who thinks himself to be Newton The third of the group, M bius, soon after is visited by his ex wife and their three sons none of whom he has met before as he is informed she has remarried a pastor and they will soon leave to do missionary work in the Marianas Islands His visions of King Solomon will lead him toward committing a similar act as his colleagues A further exposition of the plot would consist of one spoiler alert after the other But for those familiar with D rrenmatt, he revisits many of his eternal themes using the framework of his plot to expose them in thoroughly unexpected ways 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 The questions he poses lead both to a resolution of the plot and to lingering impressions for the reader What is insanity Can it be sane What is justice Can it be self imposed Are the risks we take worth the ultimate prices we have to pay Can those who shape or are responsible to uphold societal norms violate them with impunity Who holds them accountable What happens when those we consider to be insane are actually the most sane and vice versa If those questions intrigue you, then so will The Physicists

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    This classic on the great ethical debate that followed the American bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 is tremendous fun The question examined is what is the proper course for a scientist who has learned something that is highly dangerous for life on this planet.As an intellectual issue we have become somewhat tired of the dangers of nuclear physics Thanks to Kim Jong Un however we cannot forget that in mundane terms the matter is still quite serious.Fortunately Durrenmatt s contributi This classic on the great ethical debate that followed the American bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 is tremendous fun The question examined is what is the proper course for a scientist who has learned something that is highly dangerous for life on this planet.As an intellectual issue we have become somewhat tired of the dangers of nuclear physics Thanks to Kim Jong Un however we cannot forget that in mundane terms the matter is still quite serious.Fortunately Durrenmatt s contribution to the debate is light hearted and quite funny on paper If I get a chance to see it performed I fully intend to

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    This is powerful, always contemporary I was in a production of it at Calvin College in Fall of 1975, with the amazing Thomas Bloom as the The Physicist I was a Freshman, first play on the big stage, and was the Second Policeman, I think, no lines, just stand on stage for twenty minutes talking to Tim Talen I was overwhelmed by the play, the production, moved to tears every night I thought this was an important message to the world, I thought theater was a terrific vehicle for saying it St This is powerful, always contemporary I was in a production of it at Calvin College in Fall of 1975, with the amazing Thomas Bloom as the The Physicist I was a Freshman, first play on the big stage, and was the Second Policeman, I think, no lines, just stand on stage for twenty minutes talking to Tim Talen I was overwhelmed by the play, the production, moved to tears every night I thought this was an important message to the world, I thought theater was a terrific vehicle for saying it Still do

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    21 points about D rrenmatt 1.D rrenmatt was a genius.2.D rrenmatt was absolutely nuts.3.This is nuts.4.This is genius.5.I don t think I ll ever get this.6 No one can ever get D rrenmatt.7.My name is Kepler.8.No, wait, I m Marie Curie.9.But I know I am Kepler 10.I know eventhat I am Marie Curie 11.I must be Marie Curie.12.Correction I am James Bond.13.Fuck, I m nuts.14.Fuck, this is nuts.15.Fuck, I need to readof D rrenmatt.16.42.17.I am still Kepler.18.I am also Marie Curie.19.I am 21 points about D rrenmatt 1.D rrenmatt was a genius.2.D rrenmatt was absolutely nuts.3.This is nuts.4.This is genius.5.I don t think I ll ever get this.6 No one can ever get D rrenmatt.7.My name is Kepler.8.No, wait, I m Marie Curie.9.But I know I am Kepler 10.I know eventhat I am Marie Curie 11.I must be Marie Curie.12.Correction I am James Bond.13.Fuck, I m nuts.14.Fuck, this is nuts.15.Fuck, I need to readof D rrenmatt.16.42.17.I am still Kepler.18.I am also Marie Curie.19.I am the Big Sister and I rule the world.20.Fuck, I m so nuts.21.We are all nuts No, I don t get my review either

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    Bin ich eigentlich verr ckt I had to read this for my german class and I wasn t exactly impressed To my understanding, this is a german classic and I have read another book by the author before However, I found quite hard to follow and by the end I had no idea what had just happend I also couldn t care less about the characters and I m still not 100% sure if I get the plot twist Maybe I disliked it because I didn t really have a visual picture I am seeing the play tomorrow and I will up Bin ich eigentlich verr ckt I had to read this for my german class and I wasn t exactly impressed To my understanding, this is a german classic and I have read another book by the author before However, I found quite hard to follow and by the end I had no idea what had just happend I also couldn t care less about the characters and I m still not 100% sure if I get the plot twist Maybe I disliked it because I didn t really have a visual picture I am seeing the play tomorrow and I will update you about it then

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