What do numbers really tell us? Numbers and the use of them is a universal language - Almost everything in today's world is categorized by numbers - from the labeling of parts and products - to identification of persons places and things -- such as Phone numbers - Social Security numbers - Driver's License numbers - Credit Card numbers -- Weights - Measurements - Street Addresses -- Mail Box numbers -- Lottery numbers - Stock Exchange numbers - and so on -- Numbers are used in calculating sooo many different things even in Music -- and is amazing how there is magic in their different equations --- below is a very brief history and explanation of "numbers" -- enjoy
Numerology is any of many systems, traditions or beliefs in a
mystical or esoteric relationship between numbers and physical objects
or living things. Numerology and numerological divination were popular
among early mathematicians, such as Pythagoras, but are no longer
considered part of mathematics and are regarded as pseudomathematics by
This is similar to the historical relationships between astrology and astronomy, and between alchemy and chemistry.
Astrology and Numerology
Many alchemical theories were closely related to numerology.
Persian alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan, inventor of many chemical processes
still used today, framed his experiments in an elaborate numerology
based on the names of substances in the Arabic language.
Today, numerology is often associated with the occult, alongside Tarot and Palmistry and similar divinatory arts.
The term can also be used for those who, in the view of some
observers, place excess faith in numerical patterns, even if those
people don't practice traditional numerology. For example, in his 1997
book Numerology: Or What Pythagoras Wrought, mathematician Underwood
Dudley uses the term to discuss practitioners of the Elliott wave
principle of stock market analysis. Currently numerology is used to
predict the future and better understand human behavior patterns.
Reality is created by numeric codes, thus numbers are a universal
Modern numerology often contains aspects of a variety of ancient
cultures and teachers, including Babylonia, Pythagoras and his
followers (Greece, 6th century B.C.), astrological philosophy from
Hellenistic Alexandria, early Christian mysticism, the occultism of the
early Gnostics, the Hebrew system of the Kabbalah, The Indian Vedas, the Chinese "Circle of the Dead", and the Egyptian "Book of the Master of the Secret House" (Ritual of the Dead).
Pythagoras and other philosophers of the time believed that
because mathematical concepts were more "practical" (easier to regulate
and classify) than physical ones, they had greater actuality.
St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354430) wrote "Numbers are the
Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the
truth." Similar to Pythagoras, he too believed that everything had
numerical relationships and it was up to the mind to seek and
investigate the secrets of these relationships or have them revealed by
divine grace. See Numerology and the Church Fathers for early Christian
In 325 A.D., following the First Council of Nicaea, departures
from the beliefs of the state Church were classified as civil violations
within the Roman Empire. Numerology had not found favor with the
Christian authority of the day and was assigned to the field of
unapproved beliefs along with astrology and other forms of divination
Despite this religious purging, the spiritual significance
assigned to the heretofore "sacred" numbers had not disappeared; several
numbers, such as the "Jesus number" have been commented and analyzed by
Dorotheus of Gaza and numerology still is used at least in conservative
Greek Orthodox circles.
An early example of the influence of numerology in English
literature is Sir Thomas Browne's 1658 Discourse The Garden of Cyrus. In
it, the author whimsically indulges in Pythagorean numerology to
demonstrate that the number five and the related Quincunx pattern can be
found throughout the arts, in design, and in nature - particularly
Modern numerology has various antecedents. Ruth A. Drayer's book, Numerology, The Power in Numbers
(Square One Publishers) says that around the turn of the century (from
1800 to 1900 A.D.) Mrs. L. Dow Balliett combined Pythagoras' work with
Biblical reference. Then on Oct 23, 1972, Balliett's student, Dr. Juno
Jordan, changed Numerology further and helped it to become the system
known today under the title "Pythagorean".
Numerology in Science
Scientific theories are sometimes labeled "numerology" if their
primary inspiration appears to be mathematical rather than scientific.
This colloquial use of the term is quite common within the scientific
community and it is mostly used to dismiss a theory as questionable
The best known example of "numerology" in science involves the
coincidental resemblance of certain large numbers that intrigued such
eminent men as mathematical physicist Paul Dirac, mathematician Hermann
Weyl and astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington. These numerical
co-incidences refer to such quantities as the ratio of the age of the
universe to the atomic unit of time, the number of electrons in the
universe, and the difference in strengths between gravity and the
electric force for the electron and proton. ("Is the Universe Fine Tuned
for Us?", Stenger, V.J., page 3).
Large number co-incidences continue to fascinate many
mathematical physicists. For instance, James G. Gilson has constructed a
"Quantum Theory of Gravity" based loosely on Dirac's large number
Wolfgang Pauli was also fascinated by the appearance of certain numbers, including 137, in physics.