The fact is, there's nothing more scandalous than a miracle in the realm of science. Newton has a bottle of A quirky play from Switzerland. The central theme is that of three physicists who are committed to an asylum because they are not in contact with reality.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Die Physiker , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Die Physiker. Jul 24, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: drama , unforgettable , favorites. 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 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.

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.

View all 28 comments. 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.

As an intimate and devotee of Carl Jung, Fraulein Doktor , is 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. Shelves: switzerland , swiss-lit , drama , physics. The fact is, there's nothing more scandalous than a miracle in the realm of science. Newton has a bottle of cognac hidden in the fireplace.

Einstein has just strangled a woman to death. Except the drawing-room belongs to a Swiss insane asylum, and the three men are patients. What follows is The fact is, there's nothing more scandalous than a miracle in the realm 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. Great line. Of course when this was first performed in , the 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 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. View all 13 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? 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. 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. View all 12 comments. 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. View all 3 comments. 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. 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?


The Physicists

Three physicists, pretending to be insane, voluntarily commit themselves to an asylum administered by a megalomaniacal psychiatrist, Dr. Mathilde von Zahnd. They discover that Dr. The Physicists. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.


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