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 yes numbers—including 137, which describes the atom’s fine-structure consistent and has nice Kabbalistic significance—led them to improve 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 mainly it's the story of a unprecedented, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our occasions.
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As magic circles they bind and subdue the lawless powers belonging to the world of darkness, and depict or create an order that transforms the chaos into a cosmos. 10 The mandala at first comes into the conscious mind as an unimpressive point or dot, 11 and a great deal of hard and painstaking work as well as the integration of many projections are generally required before the full range of the symbol can be anything like completely understood. , are all formulations that can easily be mastered by the philosophic intellect.
This is an indispensable prerequisite for wholeness.  Although “wholeness” seems at first sight to be nothing but an abstract idea (like anima and animus), it is nevertheless empirical in so far as it is anticipated by the psyche in the form of spontaneous or autonomous symbols. These are the quaternity or mandala symbols, which occur not only in the dreams of modern people who have never heard of them, but are widely disseminated in the historical records of many peoples and many epochs. Their significance as symbols of unity and totality is amply confirmed by history as well as by empirical psychology.
In this struggle the individual is never a spectator only; he takes part in it more or less “voluntarily” and tries to throw the weight of his feeling of moral freedom into the scales of decision. Nevertheless, it remains a matter of doubt how much his seemingly free decision has a causal, and possibly 48 unconscious, motivation. This may be quite as much an “act of God” as any natural cataclysm. The problem seems to me unanswerable, because we do not know where the roots of the feeling of moral freedom lie; and yet they exist no less surely than the instincts, which are felt as compelling forces.
137: Jung, Pauli, and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession by Arthur I. Miller