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 the planet hinges on?
This query exercised many nice minds of the 20 th century, between them the groundbreaking physicist Wolfgang Pauli and the recognized psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Their obsession with the facility of sure numbers—including 137, which describes the atom’s fine-structure consistent and has nice Kabbalistic significance—led them to strengthen 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 chiefly it's the story of a unprecedented, fruitful friendship among of the best thinkers of our instances.
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Extra resources for 137: Jung Pauli and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession
The purloined letter of Poe’s story is for Lacan analogous to the letter of the patient’s discourse: the signifier. As discussed in Chapter 1, it is the letter of speech to which Lacan says the analyst must attend, since it is there that the unconscious manifests itself, or rather it is the letter that manifests the unconscious. ” Hence Lacan suggests that the analyst become practiced in the art of finding these displaced signifiers, not necessarily in the “depths” that are suggested by various incarnations of “depth Strength in Letters • 43 psychology”—the contents of which are, in fact, theoretical constructions of which we rarely if ever see any direct evidence—but in the letter of the speech we actually hear, the analog of the paper in the minister’s card rack.
Her name contained an “s,” and this he had put last, that is, immediately before the “amen” at the end. We may say, therefore that by this process he had brought his “Samen” [semen] into contact with the woman he loved … (p. 224) We find Freud’s attention to language again becoming central in another of the Rat Man’s compulsions. Upon noticing, during a vacation, that his “lady” was being lavished with attention by her English cousin, Dick, the Rat Man began experiencing a compulsive need to lose weight by refusing food and running (p.
She therefore (dis)places the letter on a table in the presence of the minister and the king in order to maintain the appearance of propriety and harmony with her ego identity, making the letter look unimportant. The minister notices the ruse, however, and displaces the letter yet again by switching it with one of his own in full view of the queen, who can do nothing about it, since to protest would be to risk giving away what she is trying to hide from the king. Now, the minister gains power from having done this—the power to destroy the queen’s standing (ego) by revealing the letter.
137: Jung Pauli and the Pursuit of a Scientific Obsession by Arthur I. Miller