More Plays About Physicists
QED, a new play by Peter Parnell, inspired by the writings of Richard Feynman and by Ralph Leighton's Tuva or Bust!, held its world premiere in Los Angeles in March. Alan Alda played the role of Feynman. Meanwhile Louis Slotin Sonata, a new play by Paul Mullin, was briefly performed last year in Los Angeles and played in New York City this April. It is based on the last days of Louis Slotin, who died of radiation poisoning at Los Alamos in 1946 after an experiment measuring the critical mass for an atomic bomb went awry. These performances were supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its long-term efforts to improve public understanding of the scientific community through popular works incorporating history of science.