Michael Frayn is one of our leading novelists, playwrights, translators and philosophers; a writer engaged in the world of arts, sciences and ideas. He has said that his work is about ‘the way in which we impose our ideas upon the world around us.’
In this wide-ranging interview with philosopher Julian Baggini, Frayn covers the full range of his work including his play Copenhagen (1998), about the 1941 meeting between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and his Danish counterpart Niels Bohr. He also discusses his recent books, The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of the Universe, and the newly reprinted Constructions – a dazzling and thought-provoking book which explores some of the great problems in philosophy and of everyday life.
Michael Frayn (9mins / 8MB)
Our Ideas and the World Around Us
28 May 2009
Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist for the Guardian and the Observer. His novels include the award-winning Headlong, Towards the End of the Morning, The Trick of It, A Landing on the Sun and Spies. He is married to the biographer and critic Claire Tomalin.
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