Spin

Reading the passage about “spin” in Copenhagen, trying to memorize the lines of course, but more importantly trying to understand some of the science. Spin is the idea that electrons can spin in different ways. Much like Heisenberg.

Someone said these men were bigamists: they were married to science first, then to their wives.

There is great passion for the science.

It seems strange to me now that I used to think of science as rather unromantic. Facts and math and equations. Everything in black in white. No place for passion or emotion at all. But the opposite seems to be the case: So much imagination is required. These people were incredibly creative and visionary. Yet it also seemed that they could leap back and forth from left brain to right. From logic to emotion. From fact to fancy. From reality to vision.

Interesting the relationship between Heisenberg and Bohr. Certainly Bohr is portrayed as a father figure. H’s father is never mentioned in the play. So there is an absence, which leads me to wonder if there is a yearning for this lost father. The Bohrs have lost a son, Christain, in a tragic accident years before. Heisenberg is mentioned as a “lost child” by Bohr.

Yet this connection is not shared with Margretha, who is really at H. from the start.

“I never liked him.” she says of H., which seems quite clear. Clearly H. is no son to her.

-John

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