: Die Physiker (English and German Edition) (): Friedrich Durrenmatt, Robert E. Helbling: Books. Buy a cheap copy of Die Physiker book by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. The world’s greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm Möbius, is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring. The Physicists, comedy in two acts by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt, performed and published in German as Die Physiker in The play, often.

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The politically active author gained fame largely due to his avant-garde dramas, rrrenmatt deep crime novels, and often macabre satire. I was overwhelmed by the play, the production, moved to tears every night.

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Die Physiker – Friedrich Dürrenmatt

View all 4 comments. Ignorance is only a blind rushing to destruction. After much debate, the three men finally agree that they are content to protect humanity by living out the rest of their lives in captivity, while furthering and serving physics. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. He has his genius physicist generate a schema of all possible applications of the ultimate theory of everything and then destroy it because it would lead to disaster.

Vielmehr sind die Szenen sehr grotesk, und man begibt sich recht verwirrt in die Pause. But I know I am Kepler! What happens when those we consider insane are actually the most sane and vice versa? They are all only faking insanity.

And somewhere round a small, yellow, nameless star there circles pointlessly, everlastingly, the radioactive earth. This is powerful, always contemporary. If those questions intrigue you, then so will The Physicists. But this just is my very personal opinion, which shouldn’t hold you off from reading the story.


Thank you for your feedback. View all 12 comments. It is often recognized as his most impressive yet most easily understood work.

Is Newton as complicit in the deaths of those who died via the atomic bomb which his discoveries helped create as he is in rdrenmatt death of the nurse he just directly murdered? Auch jetzt noch, lese ich es gerne und setzte mich mit meiner besten Freundin hin und spreche die Rollen!

The murderer is known, he is one of three patients at the institution who all believe themselves to be great physicists.

She considered me an unrecognized genius. The questions he poses lead both to a resolution of the plot and to lingering impressions for the reader. Sep 10, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: No, wait, I’m Marie Curie. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Are the risks we take worth the ultimate prices we have to pay?

Except the drawing-room belongs to a Swiss insane asylum, and the three men are patients. Paperback95 pages.

The Physicists | play by Dürrenmatt |

This play is part of the wave of pessimism that followed the invention physijer the atomic bomb, one of the rare occasions in history that the total extinction of humanity has seemed like a real possibility.

They are locked in a lunatic asylum and each gets tangled in vicious murders. Kim Jong Un and 45 will surely help us recall the relevance of this play. 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.


Anyway, although I’m glad to have xrrenmatt something that gave me the opportunity for so much analysis, you can probably tell that I didn’t like it very much; it’s baldly preachy, and though intended to be humorous, the laughter is the kind that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Can those who shape or are responsible to uphold societal norms violate them with impunity? Three physicists, pretending to be insane, voluntarily commit themselves to an asylum administered by a megalomaniacal psychiatrist, Dr. I am also Marie Curie. Can scientists remain free, even in the free phgsiker He instead feigned madness, that he might be committed to a sanatorium and thus protected along with his knowledge.

It definitely is confusing. It has shared the fate of German politics and history: But Fraulein Doktor is in charge of everything, including identity: 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.

The plot twist at the end is masterfully executed with precise and cutting dialogue that leaves you thinking about the future of physics and the ethics of science.

Who controls that knowledge?