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The text of the play contains allusions both to Elsinore and Hamlet. Music was an important part of Heisenberg's life, and he might have said of phyics and music what Chekhov said about medicine and literature: the former was his wife, and the latter was his mistress. The question of whether the Nazis have or could have an atomic bomb is important in the play, and questions about the play's historicity also arise from the unknown in this problem. Bohr in the play alludes to the rescue of the Jews in Denmark. In Act II of the play, Heisenberg describes the journey he took by bicycle to see his family before the Allies captured him. Frayn says in his postscript that Thucydides influenced the way that he wrote the play.


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