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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 17:40:19 EDT
Subject: Science on Stage Copenhagen comes to Dublin

Hi all,

Dr Ian Elliot (Dunsink) asked me to circulate the following:

[But first a little addendum about the Saturn occultation: It will be a
lovely event to try to photograph, especially with the Earthshine on the
crescent Moon. This will be easily visible, if the sky's clear (sparing the
blushes of one astronomer who wrote otherwise), and that makes a very pretty
photo if you get it right. Use a telephoto if you have one (100mm up to about
500mm, or a very wide field telescope, unless you are an astrophoto 'Pro', in
which case do your own thing!) Use a medium to fast film unless you are
giving a driven exposure, and try exposures from about 1 second to 10 seconds
depending on your film speed and F ratio. With a long telephoto you will get
noticeable trailing with exposures of more than about 5 secs, so use a very
fast film & short exposure, or else piggyback the camera & lens on a driven
telescope. Good Luck.]

"Science on Stage Copenhagen comes to Dublin

Science@Culture and Rough Magic Theatre Company present two public events to

coincide with the Irish premiere of Michael Frayn's award-winning play
Copenhagen an introduction to the science, and a panel discussion of the
play and the issues raised.

All are welcome to these events, admission free, sponsored by the Institute
of Physics in Ireland.

Copenhagen, premiered at London's National Theatre in 1998, dramatises a
historic wartime encounter between two giants of 20th century physics, Danish
physicist Niels Bohr and German physicist Werner Heisenberg.  Each had played
a seminal role in the development of quantum mechanics and Heisenberg's
uncertainty principle remains a central tenet of quantum theory, while
Bohr, the presiding genius of the Copenhagen school, helped shape the 
emergence of quantum theory.

The play deals with a controversial meeting in Copenhagen in the autumn of
1941, at a critical point in the second world war, when Heisenberg visited
his old mentor and counterpart, Bohr.  To this day, speculation has raged
over what was discussed, for these men were among a handful of scientists
capable of contributing to the development of nuclear weapons.

Frayn's play gained added topicality with the release last month of certain
documents from the Bohr archive in Copenhagen (www.nba.nbi.dk/)

Praise for Copenhagen... "A brilliant, gripping play which deals with just
about the biggest ideas there are.  Frayn creates riveting suspense and makes
the discussion of quantum physics seem like revelations of character". (Jack
Kroll, Newsweek)

"A profound and haunting meditation on the mysteries of human motivation".
(Paul Taylor, The Independent)

To coincide with the play's Dublin premiere, Science@Culture and Rough Magic
Theatre Company (www.rough-magic.com), together with the Institute of Physics
(www.iop.org), are organising:

1] A Beginner's Guide to Quantum Theory: talk by Dr Sara McMurry (TCD physics
department), introducing E28098the quantum revolution: the people and ideas in the
first half of the 20th century that changed our view of the physical world
Wednesday April 24th 6.30pm, Project Theatre, admission free (the talk is
open to all; it is followed at 8pm by a performance of the play, for which of
course tickets are required).

2] Complementarity & Uncertainty: Exploring Michael Frayn's Copenhagen as a
crossroads between physics and history; science and the arts. Panel
discussion, with: Prof Declan Kiberd (UCD English department), Prof Denjoe
O'Connor (School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced
Studies), Lynne Parker (director of Copenhagen, artistic director of Rough
Magic Theatre Company, and an associate director of the Abbey Theatre), Prof

Iggy McGovern and Dr Sara McMurry (TCD physics department). Saturday April
27th 3 pm, Project Theatre, admission free

The play runs at DublinE28099s Project Theatre from April 19th-May 11th (previews
April 17-18th) cast: Declan Conlon, Ingrid Craigie and Owen Roe; directed by
Lynne Parker Project Theatre, Temple Bar / Box Office: 881 9613

Opening night Friday 19th April; Performances Monday-Saturday at 8pm until
May 11th Tickets euro16/euro10  all seats euro10 on Mondays Preview s 17th,
18th April: euro10/euro8

For some of the discussion about Copenhagen, see:

www.nybooks.com/articles/15226  "

Terry Moseley

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