Thursday, September 03, 2009

I Fool Around With A Kabbalah Number a la Pauli

And where does the Kabbalah pop up?


the physicist Wolfgang Pauli...was a leading member of the group of theoretical physicists, including Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger, who transformed our understanding of the way matter behaves at the subatomic level...Yet even at the height of his success he was not a happy man. Working as a junior professor in Hamburg, he spent his days in monk-like devotion to physics, and his nights drinking and roving the “Sankt Pauli” red light district looking for sex “without feeling, without love, indeed without humanity”. This pattern had been established for almost a decade by the time he turned up on [Carl] Jung’s couch.

...Pauli...wholeheartedly accepted the more controversial aspects of Jung’s theoretical framework, which struck a chord with his own long-standing interest in the mystical significance of particular numbers. Why did his exclusion principle demand that each electron be described by four quantum numbers, and not three as he had previously believed? What was the significance of the number 137, which appears in nature as the fine structure constant that determines the degree of splitting of spectral lines?

...Pauli was intrigued to find, on consulting a scholar of Jewish mysticism, that the word Kabbalah, written as numbers in Hebrew, adds up to 137. Miller agrees that this is “an extraordinary link between mysticism and physics”.

Let's see ifr we can play around with 137.

Backwards, 7 - 3 = 4 but 4 + 1 = 7.


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