Lesson 1 (from Act 1)
Neils Bohr was a well-known and respected Danish physicist whose work earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. He also worked on the Manhattan Project, which created the first atomic bombs. The goal of this lesson is to understand the character’s motivations, and compare and contrast the character and the man.
Class discussion: How did Bohr become a scientist? What were some of his principal interests and accomplishments? What were the motivations behind his work, especially with respect to the uses of atomic energy? Does the character of Neils Bohr in Copenhagen seem to correspond to what is known of the actual man, or not? Why?
Activity: Divide the students into groups of four and have each group research a different time period in Bohr’s life – starting from his childhood, up until his death. What events, actions, and projects characterized each period...
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