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Pauli and Jung:
The Meeting of Two Great Minds

David Lindorff


$23.95 paper
978-0-8356-0887-9
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Winner of ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award for Psychology


In this situation, Pauli was fortunate, for in C.G. Jung he found a partner...who was able to admit that, in spite of his considerable experience, there was much he did not understand.
—From the foreword by Markus Fierz, colleague of Wolfgang Pauli

Nobel prize-winning atomic physicist Wolfgang Pauli experienced a moral crisis over what he called the "dark side of science,"shortly after his 1932 prediction of the existence of the neutrino, a particle of cosmic importance to physics. Located at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton during the Manhattan Project—the initiative which drew scientific luminaries like Robert Oppenheimer to oversee the development of the atomic bomb—Pauli was curiously withdrawn, alienated by the military’s increasing influence over the pursuit of science.

Following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pauli’s dreams illuminated his primary concern, what he termed the "psycho-physical problem," or the need for science to become morally accountable by considering "irrational phenomena." This dilemma led Pauli to the prominent depth psychologist C.G. Jung, whose own pioneering theory of synchronicity posited coincidence as a reliable supplement to rational thought. Over the next twenty years, the two great thinkers exchanged letters detailing their philosophical differences regarding the psycho-physical problem, Pauli’s dreams and the symbolic relation of psyche and matter at the archetypal level.

Author David Lindorff supplements the remarkable letters Pauli and Jung exchanged with his own insightful interpretation. By illustrating how Pauli’s dreams complemented and informed his groundbreaking ideas, Lindorff skillfully supports both Pauli and Jung’s perspectives of reality and suggests the dire importance of unifying the rational scientific approach of physics with the irrational influence of the unconscious.

Read an interview with David Lindorff.



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ENDORSEMENTS
Pauli looked inside, found his version of what is wrong with us, and set about healing it. He did his job, and, in this compelling odyssey, Lindorff has done his. A new history of the world may now depend on whether we do ours.
J. Gary Sparks, Jungian analyst
The meeting of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung stands as one of the most remarkable encounters of modern times. Quoting from Pauli's dreams and letters, Lindorff shows how one of the leading physicists of the twentieth century explored the numinous region where psyche, matter and spirit meet. The book shows that the true path of science is to reveal the wholeness, not only of nature, but that also lies within each one of us
Dr. F. David Peat physicist and author of Synchronicity: The Bridge between Matter and Mind

I recommend this book highly for understanding the complex inner life of Pauli, one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists of our time. It is an excellent account of Pauli's attempts to understand possible connection between psyche and matter through analysis of hundreds of his dreams with the help of the famous psychoanalyst Jung. In an interesting twist on quantum theory (to which Pauli made pioneering contributions) he became simultaneously both the observer and the observed system
Kashyap Vasavada, Prof. Emeritus of Physics, Indiana University—Purdue University

One of the most pressing concerns of our times is the need to bring feeling and meaning into harmony with science. David Lindorff’s Pauli and Jung reveals how two of the greatest minds of the twentieth century inspired and supported each other in this quest. With care, deftness, and sensitivity, Lindroff leads us into the central mysteries at the root of this harmony. Highly recommended for professional and layman alike
Professor Vic Mansfield, author of Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred

Fascinating. Exciting and enormously engaging material consisting of exchanges between two profound thinkers of the twentieth century, Pauli and Jung, on the relationship between matter and psyche, and of both with spirit. This still remains an intellectually unresolved issue. Pauli's reflections on the dark side of science need serious attention
—Ravi Ravindra, author of Science and the Sacred

The mysteries of the interpenetration of the physical and psychical worlds are sensitively explored in David Lindorff's fascinating portrait of two 20th century avatars of their respective disciplines, Wolfgang Pauli (physics) and Carl Gustav Jung (analytical psychology). Told through the relationship between the two men, documented in letters, we are given a glimpse into the engagement of geniuses at play with one another, creating a worldview transcending the vision of either contributor. Ultimately the book seems to invite the reader into this adventure
Joe Cambray, Ph.D., Editor of Journal of Analytical Psychology


David Lindorff, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst and an engineer, is author of Theory of Sampled Data Systems.



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