By Arthur I. Miller
Title note: initially released in 2009, in hardcover as Deciphering the Cosmic quantity: The unusual Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung
Is there a bunch on the root of the universe? A primal quantity that every thing on the planet hinges on?
This query exercised many nice minds of the 20th century, between them the groundbreaking physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the well-known psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Their obsession with the facility of definite numbers—including 137, which describes the atom’s fine-structure consistent and has nice Kabbalistic significance—led them to increase an not likely friendship and to embark on a joint mystical quest achieving deep into medieval alchemy, dream interpretation, and the chinese language publication of alterations.
137 explores the profound intersection of recent technology with the occult, yet primarily it's the story of a rare, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our instances.
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Finding symbolic form for elusive and possibly as-yet-unknown emotions or psychic states—the power that Shakespeare ascribed, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to the “poet’s pen” to give to “airy nothing” a “local habitation and a name”—this process is shared by poets and psychoanalysts alike (Williams, 1991, pp. 8-52). Psychoanalyst Thomas Ogden (2002) writes as follows: Perhaps what is most fundamental to both poetry and psychoanalysis is the effort to enlarge the breadth and depth of what we are able to experience.
With the growing acceptance that first her mother’s mind, then her body, and then the import of the index entries have “passed on” the daughter discovers that what has also been “passed on” is a container for feeling.
20] At this pre-verbal stage where no specific meaning is available, the sound, the pitch, rhythm, volume, and intonation can, nonetheless, “speak” volumes to the receptive ear. In this picture of things, meaning is embedded in the quality of the links of relatedness between self and other, and in how those links can be mutually communicated and sustained. To stir the capacity to think clearly and to feel deeply about the same subject simultaneously would seem to be the function both of the poetic and of the psychoanalytic process.