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on April 9, 2006
Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung were among a handful of geniuses who transformed the physical and psychological landscapes of the 20th century. Their thoughts about the nature of mind and matter, and the dark side of Western science's "will to power," are especially meaningful today given the material and psychosocial challenges of the 21st century.

I found especially interesting Pauli and Jung's interests in parapsychology and the mind-matter interface. When intellectual giants seriously entertain controversial topics that confuse lesser minds, I pay close attention.

Lindorff's recitals of Pauli's dreams, and Pauli and Jung's symbolic analysis of them, will probably not appeal to readers expecting ordinary biographies. But for those of us who are interested in rational, intuitive, and symbolic ways of knowing, this is a magnificent book.
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on March 10, 2006
This is a response by the author to a review of Dr. Rohrde, who apparently formed a judgement of my book without attempting to digest its contents. Pauli was a serious thinker who happened to believe in the collective unconscious. With Jung's help, he sought to understand his dreams, which he saw as opening his mind to the relationship between psyche and matter. Pauli saw this as having far reaching importance to him personally as well as to the future of scientific exploration.
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on April 30, 2009
This book is a detailed, faithful chronicle of the correspondence between Wolfgang Pauli, father of quantum mechanics, and Carl Jung, father of modern psychology. The product of their correspondence is as profound as one could imagine. Thank you, Dr. Lindorff, for telling this story. I started reading it at a time when I was feeling overwhelmed and out of my element in my research. This book has helped me find enthusiasm and wonder for the scientific process again. This is a fascinating book, and well worth reading for those of us who ask fundamental questions about human perception and the universe around us.
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on February 19, 2009
I wasn't expecting the author to have the expertise in physics and psychology to do a decent job of writing about these two men. I also feared that the writing would be dull and plodding. Wrong on both counts. Lindorff's writing and scholarship are impressive.
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on September 26, 2010
Most people would have trouble thinking of two academic disciplines more diverse than physics and psychology. This book describes the relationships between two of the greatest exponents of each field. They were close personal friends and great students of each others work. They each saw similarities between the two fields. Now I know more about psychology than Pauli did and more about physics than Jung did. I would say that the things they said were correct as far as they went but they did not go very far. The relationships between physics and psychology are best described by studying the relationships between the work of two neighbors, Jung and Einstein. They probably knew of each other but did not know each other, nor did they study each others writings. On a theoretical levels the writings of these two, i have read the works of both of them very extensively, are in many ways identical. I know of no one who is well versed in the works of both of these two great scholars.
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on March 7, 2006
"Pauli & Jung: The Meetings of Two Great Minds," David Lindorff, IL, Quest Books, 2004 ISBN: 0-8356-0837-9, HC 299/244 pgs., Notes 28 pgs., Apps. 8 pgs., Index 17 pgs., 9 1/4" x 6 1/4"

This Ph.D. author worked & taught eletrical enginnering, later a Jungian analyser for 24 years in New England. No previous books.

Chapter I stands alone to provide a meaningful chronology of the life & times of Wolfgang Friedrich Pauli (1900-1958), a child prodigy born in Vienna of Jewish parents but raised as Catholic. He studied at Univ. Munich, did physics research at Hamburg & later at Zurich's ETH. He soon became acquainted with renowned physicists as Bohr, Rabi, Born, Planck, Heisenberg, Fierz, Oppenheimer (visiting) & Einstein. At ETH he sought help in 1932 from C.G. Jung, psychologist, for despondency. When the Nazi anti-Semitism intensified, he left Europe for a position at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies in 1940, Einstein already arrived in 1933. Pauli received the 1945 Noble Prize in physics for discovery of the "exclusion principle."

MAJOR FLAW to my mind: - more than half of the treatise, nay 75%, deals with Pauli's recital of dreams spanning sme 25 years (periodically from 1932 - 1957) for Jung to analyze. So now we have embarked on a phantasmal supernatural & primordial journey into the imaginary discarnate world of apparition, archetypal imagery bearing a host of titular Greek names as 'manadala', "acausal connecting principle" of 'synchronicity' embracing ESP, anima/animus, where basic treatment involves introducing the Ego to the "collective unconsciousness." etc. For mythologists this could be a precious piece of prose, but frankly I'd expect readership to be severely wanting. The book is not about God nor about religion, but much closer to an ideology embracing magic, mystery, palmistry, phrenology, & peeking at Peking tea leaves. Speaking of leaves, I'd leave this one alone.
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