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Die Physiker

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  11,991 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
Dürrenmatt hat versucht, die paradoxe Situation darzustellen, in die das fortgeschrittenste Wissen, das der Kernphysik, geraten ist. Es gilt uns als Gipfel menschlicher Erkenntnis. Seine Formulierung hat auch die Hinrichtung der Welt möglich gemacht. Was machen die Entdecker, wenn sie Verantwortung für die Welt spüren? Gibt es Bewahrung der Welt vor dem Wissen? Bewahrung d ...more
Hardcover, 79 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Verlag der Arche (first published 1961)
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Lisa
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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BlackOxford
Macavity’s Not There

In T.S. Eliot’s poem, Macavity: The Mystery Cat, the protagonist is an accomplished feline criminal who causes havoc and confusion but is always is out of sight when the sheriff arrives: “... when a crime’s discovered, Macavity’s not there.” In Durrenmatt’s play, Macavity is there, in a Swiss asylum, but he disappears into a psychotic mind, or rather three such minds, of the men identified as Newton, Einstein, and Möbius. Three nurses have been strangled - by those who appare
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Warwick
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Manny

The fact is, there's nothing more scandalous than a miracle in the realm of science.



Three of history's greatest physicists meet in a drawing-room: Newton, Einstein and Möbius. Newton has a bottle of cognac hidden in the fireplace. Einstein has just strangled a woman to death. And Möbius is being visited by the ghost of King Solomon, who is telling him the secrets of a Unified Field Theory.

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

What follows is a
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Anna
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Ένα εκπληκτικό θεατρικό για τις ηθικές υποχρεώσεις του επιστήμονα, τις στάσεις και τις πράξεις του, και κατά πόσο το έργο του ανήκει τον ίδιο ή στην ανθρωπότητα, καθώς και τι μπορεί να κάνει για να το προστατεύσει...

Εκπληκτική έκδοση, με εισαγωγή και επίμετρο από τη Μάρθα Κουτσιούμπα - Παιονίδη που ανεβάζει το θεατρικό έργο επίπεδο με τις παρατηρήσεις της. Στα συν του βιβλίου οι φωτογραφίες από τη θεατρική παράσταση του 1962. Μακάρι με αφορμή την έκδοση αυτή το θεατρικό να ξανανεβεί σε κάποια θε
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Sarah Monreau
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelf
Ein unglaublich tolles Werk, das mich sehr überrascht hat. Nicht unbedingt dachte ich, es würde mir gefallen, aber schnell war klar: Dieses Drama ist etwas Besonderes. 'Die Physiker' ist eine Komödie mit einigen Konflikten, einigen Wendungen, die sehr überraschten und die ich ganz, ganz toll fand. Ich habe zusätzlich das Hörbuch auf Youtube gehört, das von jemandem privat eingesprochen wurde, indem er jedem Charakter eine eigene Stimme verlieh, was unglaublich professionell und ansprechend gemac ...more
Greg Brozeit
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider The Physicists, together with The Visit , to be one of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s undisputed masterpieces. 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, the 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 Ne ...more
Lina
21 points about Dürrenmatt:

1.
Dürrenmatt was a genius.

2.
Dürrenmatt was absolutely nuts.

3.
This is nuts.

4.
This is genius.

5.
I don't think I'll ever get this.

6.
No one can ever get Dürrenmatt.

7.
My name is Kepler.

8.
No, wait, I'm Marie Curie.

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But I know I am Kepler!

10.
I know even more that I am Marie Curie!

11.
I must be Marie Curie.

12.
Correction: I am James Bond.

13.
Fuck, I'm nuts.

14.
Fuck, this is nuts.

15.
Fuck, I need to read more of Dürrenmatt.

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42.

17.
I am still Kepler.

18.
I am also Marie Curie.

19.
I am
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Laura
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
Samantha Bond stars as a psychiatrist in this classic European farce by Friedrich Dürrenmatt about three theoretical physicists who believe they are Einstein, Newton and Möbius. They are locked in a lunatic asylum and each gets tangled in vicious murders. Amidst all the jokes is a real relationship between a scientist who may or may not be mad and his nurse who wants to save him. The Physicists was first performed in 1962 at the height of the Cold War.

The serious su
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Ahmad Sharabiani
نمایشنامه فیزیکدانها (1962) یک کمدی تراژدی مبالغه آمیز است. در تالار یک ویلا که در زمان وقوع ماجرا خلوت است، تنها سه بیمار نگهداری میشوند، که تصادفا هر سه فیزیکدان هستند. البته نه کاملا تصادفی، آدمیزاد همیشه قوانین انسان دوستی را در نظر میگیرد و چیزهای «هم» نوع را کنار هم قرار میدهد و ... ا.ش

Die Physiker; eine Komodie in zwei Akten, c 1966, Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Characters: Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Johann Wilhelm Möbius, Herbert Georg Beutler, Ernst Heinrich Ernesti, Mathilde von Zahnd, Rich
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❄ Pixelflocke ❄
Wir haben "Die Physiker" damals im Deutschunterricht lang und breit diskutiert. Ich habe das Stück damals schon geliebt und werde es wohl immer wieder mit Vergnügen lesen.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
I've read this book in school, not expecting much of it - but i was totally surprised.

The story of "Die Physiker" deals with three physicists, who live in a sanatorium for the mentally ill. One of them did a groundbreaking discovery, who could influence the whole world... "Die Physiker" is a play, which teaches us a lesson about the responsibility of science.

I do have to mention that I am really not a fan of reading plays. You read them with such a emotionless thought, not really thinking about
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Moriartyandherbooks
This was extremely clever! The plot twists were awesome, and I was NOT expecting any of them! Good, and crazy, fun!
Bastet
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debo el descubrimiento de esta pieza teatral del gran Friedrich Dürrenmatt a un ensayo sobre los científicos en la Alemania del Tercer Reich que he leído este verano. El argumento es sencillo: tres físicos nucleares están encerrados en un manicomio y cada uno de ellos asesina a la enfermera que le atiende. Los motivos que les llevan a cometer esos asesinatos no se desvelan hasta el desenlace del segundo acto, en el que la directora del sanatorio hará unas revelaciones que dejarán estupefactos a ...more
Luscinnia
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Ein herrlicher "Imbiss" für zwischendrin. Manchmal mag ich es, wenn mich Bücher verwirren. Und ich liebe Dürrenmatts herrlichen Humor.

"Nur im Irrenhaus sind wir noch frei. Nur im Irrenhaus dürfen wir noch denken."
Ann-Kathrin
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread in April 2017
Caro Ja
3.5
Nadja
Wie immer vermag Herr Dürrenmatt die Gesellschaftskritik schön zu "verpacken", diesmal in einem gelungenem Kombi von Kriminalfall, Drama und Komödie.
Meghan Barrett
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the review here: meghan-barrett.com

I first reviewed this play for National Book Review Month, an awesome brainchild of SUNY Geneseo, and have expanded upon that review here. The edition of The Physicists that I read was translated by James Kirkup.

Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Physicists is a delightful and sometimes silly play filled with intrigue, science, and murder, all leading up to an incredible plot twist that will leave your heart hammering and head swimming from the page-turning, gut-w
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Standback
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bizarre
Absolutely terrific first act, which portrays three men in an asylum, each claiming to be a brilliant physicist. It's both hilarious and macabre, as each physicist somehow winds up murdering a fawning orderly.

The second act, though, is something else entirely. Where the first act was macabre and absurd, the second seems intent on providing detailed explanations (which sends the delicious oddity out the window), and tailspins into a diatribe against modern technology (particularly, but not exclu
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Ali
Apr 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Who is ill? The lunatic inhabitants or the head of hospital?
یکی از کارهای برجسته ی دورنمات است. تیمارستانی که دیوانگانش همه دانشمند و فیزیکدان و ... هستند و خود را به دیوانگی زده اند تا از شر کشفیات و اختراعات خود و خطر آن برای بشریت، در امان بمانند. رییس تیمارستان، خانم دکتری معیوب است که اتفاقن تنها بیمار روانی این تیمارستان است. این اوست که شادمانه نتیجه ی کشفیات این دانشمندان را می دزدد و به نام خود در جهان می پراکند و افتخاراتی را که فیزیکدان ها از ان در هراس اند، با کمال میل برای خود می خر
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Victoria
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
riveting - and fairly short (76 pages) - discussion on the importance and danger of knowledge. really liked one bit where the cycle had come full circle and the "physicists", at the pinnacle of human knowledge as far as they knew, compared themselves to animals in their ability to destroy the world.
André
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
We had to read this book in school, and it's actually one of the few books that I really, really, really liked. I read it in a single day, because it was so thrilling and totally not like the usual books one has to read for school. And I don't think it's just because it's about Physicists. ;)
rachel
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das ist das erste Buch, was wir im Unterricht lesen mussten, was mir wirklich gefallen hat!
Auch jetzt noch, lese ich es gerne und setzte mich mit meiner besten Freundin hin und spreche die Rollen! Es macht wirklich Spaß :)
Justine
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Unterhaltsam, klug, überraschend ... bisschen altbacken ... aber, und das ist ja das eigentlich erstaunliche, es geht gar nicht so viel um Physik, dass man Angst haben müsste.
Merci Pol
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible, unpredictable and funny book with a deep message for the world.
Ross
Apr 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant! I'm going to read it again tonight. "And to think for this I had to strangle a nurse and learn German!"
Vero
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WAS für ein Plottwist!!! 😍
Fiona
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein großartiges kleines Buch, sehr unterhaltsam ohne dabei platt oder oberflächlich zu sein, ich hätte durchaus gerne noch mehr davon gelesen.
Rochelle
The Physicists by Friedrich Durrenmatt Reading Notes 1/09

Setting: The drama is set in a decaying villa that is part of a modern sanitarium in a small town in Germany. The author spends many words with exacting details of his setting including the color—white –of the furniture, the washable, glossy walls, and the fact that there is a prison nearby. He is attempting to adhere to the Aristotelian unities of time place and action.
If I were to produce this play, I would have to closely examine the s
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Vasha7
May 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
This 1962 play is part of the wave of pessimism that followed the invention of the atomic bomb, one of the rare occasions in history that the total extinction of humanity has seemed like a real possibility. On the one hand, some thinkers stressed the essential warlike nature of humanity, as in Robert Ardrey's popular books about human origins as the metaphorical "children of Cain" or the famous opening sequence of 2001. On the other hand, writers like Dürrenmatt put the blame on scientific and t ...more
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Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921 – 1990) was a Swiss author and dramatist.

Dürrenmatt was born in the Emmental (canton of Bern), the son of a Protestant pastor. His grandfather Ulrich Dürrenmatt was a conservative politician. The family moved to Bern in 1935. Dürrenmatt began to study philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Zurich in 1941, but moved to the University of Bern af
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