Copenhagen Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the familial relationship between Bohr and Heisenberg that is alluded to throughout the play?

It is alluded throughout the play that Bohr and Heisenberg have a bit of a familial relationship, with Bohr being the father and Heisenberg as the son.

2. What is the religious relationship between Bohr and Heisenberg that is alluded to throughout the play?

The religious relationship alluded to throughout the play is that Bohr is like the Pope, Einstein is like God, and Heisenberg is an apostle or a priest of some sort.

3. What is the uncertainty principle?

Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle states that the act of measurement changes what is being measured.

4. What was Schrödinger’s work that Heisenberg struggled to accept?

Heisenberg struggled to accept Schrödinger’s work on complementarity.

5. What feelings did Heisenberg have towards Kramers?

Heisenberg was jealous of Kramers, and also rather fearful of him.

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