The Innermost Kernel
To sum up, I should like to say that it seems that there mustbeverydeepconnectionsbetweensoulandmatter and, hence, between the physics and the psychology of the future, which are not yet conceptually expressed in modernscience. [–––]Suchdeepconnectionsmustsurely exist,becauseotherwisethehumanmindwouldnotbe abletodiscoverconceptswhich?tnatureatall. PaulitoRalphKönig,10Mar. 1946. ntheautumnof1986IreadRobertS. Westman’sexcellentessayNature,Art, 1 IandPsyche:Jung,Pauli,andtheKepler-FluddPolemic. Init,heexpresses surprise at the failure of anyone to ask why the physicist Wolfgang Pauli wroteascience-historyessaycouchedinJungianlanguage. Whyhasnobody wondered what sort of terms Pauli was on with Jung? Later in the essay, Westman says that at ?rst sight Jung’s writings must appear enormously interestingandrelevanttoahistorianofideasandscience. I myself had been very interested in the new perspectives on man and on the nature of human knowledge that developed around the turn of the century and during the inter-war period. Around this time, our view of man was changed by the emerging depth psychology and our view of the world by modern physics. I found it particularly intriguing that there had been points of contact between these two disciplines. Many of the phy- cists who are regarded as pioneers of modern physics also took an int- est at that timein epistemologyand psychology. As I had had a particular interest in the psychology of C. G. Jung since 1981, Robert Westman’s - marks gave me both encouragement and inspiration. Without more ado, I wrote to him asking whether he had any more information on the re- tionshipbetweenPauliandJung.
The publication of W. Pauli's Scientific Correspondence by Springer-Verlag has motivated a vast research activity on Pauli's role in modern scienceThis excellent treatise sheds light on the ongoing dialogue between physics and psychology