A nurse has been murdered at Les Cerisiers, a private sanitarium run by the world-renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Mathilde von Zahnd. This is the second nurse killed in three months, and both have been murdered by residents of the physicist ward. There is Herbert George Beutler, who believes himself to be Sir Isaac Newton; Ernst Heinrich Ernesti, who believes himself to be Albert Einstein; and Johann Wilhelm Möbius, who believes himself to be visited by the Biblical King Solomon. All three physicists have lost their minds--or is it perhaps the modern world that has lost its mind instead? Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists is one of his most popular and enduring works, examining the responsibility of science in a post-WWII, WMD-armed world.
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