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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 little thing on this 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 going friendship and to embark on a joint mystical quest attaining deep into medieval alchemy, dream interpretation, and the chinese language e-book of alterations.

137 explores the profound intersection of contemporary technology with the occult, yet notably it's the story of a unprecedented, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our instances.

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In the session I have described with “B”, despite some appearances to the contrary, I was still only an identical twin. 32. I have left till last two speculations which pose questions I do not propose to attempt to answer. The first concerns the personification of splits to which I have drawn attention. Is it possible that the capacity to personify splittings of the personality is in some way analogous to a capacity for symbol formation to which Mrs. Klein has drawn attention in her paper on “The Importance of Symbol-Formation in the Development of the Ego”; had it a similar value in the development of “A” in the period I have attempted to describe?

I think interpretation should be in language that is simple, exact and mature. Patient. I picked a tiny piece of skin from my face and feel quite empty. Analyst. The tiny piece of skin is your penis, which you have torn out, and all your insides have come with it. Patient. I do not understand . . penis . . only syllables. Analyst. You have split my word “penis” into syllables and it now has no meaning. Patient. I don’t know what it means, but I want to say, “If I can’t spell I cannot think”. Analyst.

The analysis had been the car from which I had not been allowed to emerge as a real being; the dream showed his fear that in the previous session I had become alive only to block his escape from analysis by using me as a personification of the bad part of himself from which he wished to be dissociated. 17. There now followed a period in which the prominent features of the analysis were exhibitions of introjection and projection, splitting, and, not least, personification of the split-off portions of his personality.

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