Above all don't use the word good as though it meant something in evolutionary science.Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?This is 'the hard problem' which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry.Is the day coming when the computer and the MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard premieres at the National Theatre, London, in January 2015.
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Tom Stoppard's work includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, After Magritte, Dirty Linen, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Arcadia, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, the trilogy The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll. His radio plays include If You're Glad I'll Be Frank, Albert's Bridge, Where Are They Now?, Artist Descending a Staircase, The Dog It Was That Died, In the Native State and Darkside (incorporating Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon). Television work includes Professional Foul, Squaring the Circle and Parade's End. His film credits include Empire of the Sun, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which he also directed, Shakespeare in Love, Enigma and Anna Karenina.Review:
Praise for The Hard Problem:
Mr. Stoppard is, as always, an adept craftsman. . . . [He] has provided food for thought, and not just a tasting menu but a full, footnoted banquet.” Ben Brantley, New York Times
Tom Stoppard [is] the English-speaking world’s brainiest playwright.” Wall Street Journal
Oozes learning. . . . [Stoppard] proves that it is possible to construct a tight 100 minutes of drama around neuroscientific conceits. . . . He has succeeded . . . this is a play to admire.” Economist
[The Hard Problem] displays intact the dramatist’s remarkable ability to synthesize complex knowledge into wittily metaphorical dialogue. . . . Demand for this brainy, funny, and touching play will long outstrip supply.” New Statesman
Tom Stoppard’s first play for nine years is typically witty an intellectually charged piece that delights in the slippery nature of language and pulses with interesting ideas.” London Evening Standard
100 minutes of condensed brain-ache, marbled by wit and some camisoled sexiness. . . . Admirably high-minded . . . It succeeds, in my view triumphantly.” Daily Mail
Stimulating . . . absorbing . . . A rich, ideas-packed work that . . . offers endless stimulation and represents, like so much of [Stoppard’s] work, a search for absolute values and a belief in the possibility of selfless virtue.” Guardian
The dialogue is flashily impressive . . . it leaves one panting with admiration.” Spectator (UK)
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Book Description Faber & Faber, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Signed by Tom Stoppard to the limitation page. No. 88 of only 100 copies. Signed limited slipcased edition in fine, unblemished condition. (image shows #81 which has been sold but do not want to open another copy to scan again) All books are swathed in biodegradable bubble wrap and posted in strong, custom made book boxes to ensure undamaged delivery. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 007176
Book Description Faber & Faber Ltd, London, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. 1st Edition. This is the beautiful Faber Limited Edition, presented in a slipcase. There were 100 copies produced. This copy has been signed and numbered by the author to a limitation page and this is number 84. This unread Book is in As New condition. This book is guaranteed to be a 1st Edition, 1st Printing. No Jacket as issued. The book is professionally wrapped and packed with great care with bubble wrap and placed in a special book box to ensure that the book arrives at your destination in perfect condition. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000494