137: Jung, Pauli, and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 2010 - Science - 368 pages

“The history is fascinating, as are the insights into the personalities of these great thinkers.”—New Scientist

Is there a number at the root of the universe? A primal number that everything in the world hinges on? This question exercised many great minds of the twentieth century, among them the groundbreaking physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Their obsession with the power of certain numbers—including 137, which describes the atom’s fine-structure constant and has great Kabbalistic significance—led them to develop an unlikely friendship and to embark on a joint mystical quest reaching deep into medieval alchemy, dream interpretation, and the Chinese Book of Changes. 137 explores the profound intersection of modern science with the occult, but above all it is the tale of an extraordinary, fruitful friendship between two of the greatest thinkers of our times. Originally published in hardcover as Deciphering the Cosmic Number.

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DECIPHERING THE COSMIC NUMBER: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung

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Odd, often difficult but mostly engrossing account of Carl Jung's treatment of physicist Wolfgang Pauli and their search for symbols that reveal universal secrets.A founder of quantum physics, Pauli ... Read full review

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This is a very readable account of an archetypal quest by both Pauli and Jung. They helped each other deal with their shadow side and made long expeditions into the "dark hunting grounds" of the ... Read full review


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Arthur I. Miller is a professor emeritus at University College London. He has published many critically acclaimed books, including Einstein, Picasso; Empire of the Stars; and 137. He lives in London.

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