Let me start with a recollection of Werner Heisenberg when,as a young man, he took a walking tour with Niels Bohr. Thisis Heisenberg’s account of what Bohr said when they came toKronberg Castle.Isn’t it strange how this castle changes as soon as one imaginesthat Hamlet lived here?
scientists we believe that a castleconsists only of stones, and admire the way the architect putthem together. The stones, the green roof with its patina, thewood carvings in the church, constitute the whole castle. Noneof this should be changed
the fact that Hamlet lived here,and yet it is changed completely. Suddenly the walls and theramparts speak a different language
. . .
Yet all we reallyknow about Hamlet is that his name appears in a thirteenth
. . . .
But everyone knows the questionsShakespeare had him ask, the human depths he was made toreveal, and
he too had to be found a place on earth, herein Kronberg.
Obviously this story brings
to a question which is as old ashumanity itself:
This question cannot be dissociated from another one, themeaning of time.
time and human existence, and thereforealso reality, are concepts which are undissociable. But is this neces
like to quote the correspondence between Einstein and his old friend Besso. In the latter years Besso comes back againand again to the question of time. What is time, what is irreversi
bility? Patiently Einstein answers again and again, irreversibilityis an
subjective impression, coming from exceptionalinitial conditions.