The subjective implications involved in the field of scientific research: Social and subjective responsibility as portrayed in the film “Copenhagen”.
This work proposes to analyze the different dimensions of responsibility as presented in “Copenhaguen”, a dramatic play which portrays historical events and figures in a fictional “afterlife”. Two great physicists of the 20th Century - Niels Bohr and his German student, Werner Heisenberg – have a meeting that takes place post–mortus.
Heisenberg, who participated in a German program to develop nuclear power, asks himself about the distrust and dislike manifested towards him by his peers, despite the fact that he was not able to create the atomic bomb. Bohr, on the other hand, seems to inspire nothing but respect, regardless he had been part of the Allied investigation team responsible for the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In this dialogue, Heisenberg strives to justify his participation in the German nuclear project to Bohr as well as to explain his last meeting in Copenhagen. His words evoke in Bohr a question regarding his own decision to “play his small part in the death of one hundred thousand people”. This subject appears to be determined by the social and political forces that constitute his historical context, making him a part of what he observes. His actions go beyond of that he is consciously aware: something escapes what he believes he is actually doing and this returns. The return is enabled through the dimension of transference ignited by the relationship between father and son, master and disciple.