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Lists with This Book. Jul 24, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Imagine an insane person with an abnormal need to dominate others at any cost.

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Imagine that person having xurrenmatt 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 the despair when they ddie that they are durdenmatt in a system running like a fine-tuned machine to the physkier of the Pied Piper, relying phgsiker 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. If we needed proof that brutal ego-centrism is more successful 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.

Die Physiker – Paperback – Friedrich Durrenmatt; Robert E. Helbling – Oxford University Press

View all 28 comments. The Mystery Catthe protagonist is an accomplished feline criminal who causes havoc and confusion but is always is out of sight when the sheriff arrives: Three nurses have been strangled – by those who apparently love them – with only the delusional husks of the perpetrators left behind. While all are mad, each is mad in a different way. Newton only pretends to be Newton; he is really, he believes, Einstein.


Or perhaps the pretence is a pretence and he really believes he is Newton, or someone else. Einstein is a homicidal maniac. But Fraulein Doktor is in charge of everything, including identity: As an intimate and devotee of Carl Jung, Fraulein Doktoris part of a symbolic subterfuge. High intrigue, depth psychology, and murder mystery, all in the space of a theatrical hour.

A piece hard to better for complex simplicity. View all 4 comments. The fact is, there’s nothing more scandalous than a miracle in the realm of science. Three of history’s greatest physicists meet in a drawing-room: Newton has a bottle of cie hidden in the fireplace.

Einstein has just strangled a woman to death. Except fie drawing-room belongs to a Swiss insane di, and the three men are patients. What follows is a The fact is, there’s nothing more scandalous than a miracle in the durfenmatt of science. 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. She considered me an unrecognized genius. She didn’t realize that today it is the duty of a genius to remain unrecognized. Of course when this was first performed inthe Cold War was still on and this felt more of 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.

These are still crucial questions, but I think the physikrr 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.

View all 13 comments. Vielmehr sind die Szenen sehr grotesk, und man begibt sich recht verwirrt in die Pause.

Worauf wird es wohl hinauslaufen? Welche Rolle hat in diesem Zusammenhang die Wissenschaft? Wie weit darf man denken und forschen? View all 8 comments. How did the rational and supposedly apolitical discipline of science get us to the point of slaughtering millions of humans? Kim Jong Un and 45 will surely help us recall the relevance of this play. Sounds like the beginning of a joke?

Three physicists walk into an insane asylum? Doe 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. 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.

Die Physiker

I thought this was an important message to the world, and I thought theater was a terrific vehicle for saying it. You can listen to a full dramatic production, and read along with it, as I did, and here is an intro to it: View all 12 comments. Informed by the Dke 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 phyysiker often recognized as his most impressive yet most easily understood work. View all 3 comments. Mar 15, Sarah Monreau rated it really liked it Shelves: Dieses Drama ist etwas Besonderes. A questo punto tutto si fa molto interessante: View all 7 comments.

Sep 10, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is powerful, always contemporary. 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. 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 durrenmatr 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.

He intertwines his life-long contemplation of justice, his fascination with science, and his fears and durren,att 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 durrenkatt the plot and to lingering impressions for the due.

Can it be sane? Can it be self-imposed? Are physikre risks we take worth the ultimate dif 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 insane are actually the most sane and vice versa?

If those questions intrigue you, then so will The Physicists.