The year is 1932. Hitler is rising in power. Harold Urey announces the discovery of deuterium, a hydrogen isotope. James Chadwick discovers the neutron. Heisenberg receives the Nobel Prize for his work in Quantum physics. It is a miracle year in Physics, matched only by Einstein's advances in 1905. A few of the most brilliant physicists in the world decide to convene in Copenhagen and ... write a play!
Written on the 100th anniversary of the death of Goethe, The Blegdamsvej Faust
is a remarkable document from a turning point in Physics. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta
on Feb 17, 2009 -
Panda's Thumb reports
elementary music teacher Tresa Wagonner
was put on paid administrative leave by the superintendent of schools in Bennett, Colorado. Her offense? Playing a 12-minute clip from the thirty-year-old children's series "Who's Afraid of Opera?"
for her classroom. The series features legendary soprano Joan Sutherland and some cute little hand-puppets who alternate elementary explanations of the libretti with vocal performances of selections from the operas featured. Apparently, Ms. Wagonner's selected episode, Gounod’s Faust
, angered fundamentalist Bennettians, already on the warpath over Waggoner's musical choices
for last year's Christmas pageant.
posted by VMC
on Mar 22, 2006 -