The Physicists Book Summary and Study Guide

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This play is about three physicists in a mental hospital. At the start of the play, two of the three physicists have killed nurses, but, since they're insane, nobody can do much with them. One of the physicists believes he is Isaac Newton, another believes he is Einstein, and the third believes he is Mobius. As the play progresses, it is revealed that none of the physicists are insane: two are spies and the third is a genius physicist whose discoveries could change (and possibly destroy) the world. The spies each want to kidnap him, but the physicist resists, knowing the possible consequences of his discoveries.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Life of a profession:    -   mental patient Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius    -   Mentally ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Switzerland Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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