Acreditar que essa incerteza não nos torna malvados, mesmo quando o final é horror puro.
Agrada-me pensar que o que me ficou da peça Copenhagen de Michael Frayn(vista há alguns anos no Teatro Campo Alegre no Porto) é uma certeza: que Heisenberg não construiu a bomba porque a sua consciência não o permitiu, e que Bohr e os restantes cientistas envolvidos no projecto Manhattan não sabiam de que forma essa mesma bomba seria usada.
"In response to Bohr’s direct question as to why he didn’t make the crucial calculation, Heisenberg answers simply but convincingly.
H: Why didn’t you calculate it?
B: Why didn’t I calculate it?
H: Tell us why you didn’t calculate it and we’ll know why I didn’t.
B: It’s obvious why I didn’t.
H: Go on.
M: Because he wasn’t trying to build a bomb!
H: Yes, thank you. Because he wasn’t trying to build a bomb. I imagine it was the same with me. Because I wasn’t trying to build a bomb. Thank you.
Ironically, paradoxically, it was Bohr who, in a small way, contributed to the bombs that were dropped on
Heisenberg was treated with undeserved hostility and contempt by many of the physicists who had been involved in the U.S. Manhattan Project, some of whom were his former students or friends. On this, Frayn has Heisenberg comment:
When I went to
** excerto duma análise à peça em http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v21/v21n2p35_frayn.html; os excertos a itálico e negrito são retirados da peça.