Title: The Archetype of the Number and its Reflections in Contemporary Cosmology
Subtitle: Psychophysical Rhythmic Configurations
Author: Alain Negre
Publisher: Chiron Publications
Although the subject has been addressed in the past (for instance, The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra), this book is different in substance and approach. It takes a transdisciplinary approach to examine the relationship of science to spirituality, using the archetype of number. It builds on the work of Jung, physicist Pauli and von Franz, author of “Number and Time.” The premise is the fact that numbers have both quantitative and qualitative aspects, that they are basic archetypes i.e. empty structures of the (Jungian) unconscious extended in all dimensions of space and time.
Other topics like emergence and “dialectical physics” are also addressed. However, the author goes into some form of speculation when, for example, he applies Heraclitean “enantiodromia” (equivalent to the karmic law of action and reaction) to the evolutive universe.
The difference between science and symbols is clearly stated as well as an overview of a distinction between different levels of reality, indexed on the four logical possibilities of the Dharmic tradition of Indian logic, the Catuṣkoṭi (Tetralemma in Greek). These distinctions appear necessary in order to avoid confusion between science and the esoteric tradition such as alchemy, astrology, numerology.