Maybe she's trying to say that all and nothing are really the same thing? That would be a solution to the 'I want it all now!' in Suspended in Gaffa.
0 Zero, the Void, The Goddess, Infinite Nuit, the Unmanifest. The "number" out of which everything comes. In the Tarot it's called "The Fool" because it obey its own mysterious, unknowable rules and is not subject to analysis. (Although we can and do theorize about it). It's the Great Mother, the Void, that which lies beyond Alpha and Omega; Original Mind. www.experiencefestival.com/dream_dictionary_perfume
Kate Bush: "I think that as a very young child, perhaps I aspired to becoming something like a great actress." The Tony Myatt interview (1985)
Aerial Pi is deep-filled with infinite solar alchemy! ...
On the AERIAL album cover, the Sun is surrounded by a perfect circle. Pi and the circle are inseparable. Pi is known as the circular constant.
The circle is an ancient and universal symbol of infinity, unity, wholeness, the goddess, cycles and seasons and female power. It represents the wheel of the year, the wheel of fortune, and the wheel of life. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space. Gnostic traditions linked the unbroken circle to the "world serpent" forming a circle as it eats its own tail.
A simple circle or circular disk is also a solar symbol. Gold, a noble metal, is intimately linked with Divinity and those gods associated with the Sun. One main goal of the alchemists was to produce gold from other substances, presumably by the interaction with a mythical substance called the philosopher's stone. The alchemical symbol for gold was the circle with a point at its center, which was also the astrological symbol, the Egyptian hieroglyph and the ancient Chinese character for the Sun.
And, of course, solar and honeybee alchemy are necessary in the golden dawn production of A Sea of Honey and A Sky of Honey...
In Tarot, The World represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life before the next big cycle. On Aerial: A Sea Of Honey, Pi is followed by Bertie... And motherhood is certainly the beginning of another big cycle of life...
And the seasons they go round and round And the painted ponies go up and down We're captive on the carousel of time We can't return, we can only look behind From where we came And go round and round and round In the circle game
Kate has had many cats. The first two were called Zoodle and Pyewacket. Zoodle died in 1987, and then she adopted a stray cat who had three kittens. She named them Rocket, Sparky and Torchy. Rocket's Tail, from the album The Sensual World, was named after Rocket and dedicated to him, but otherwise the song has nothing to do with the cat.
KaTe actually called Pyewacket "Pye!" ... or "Pi!" ... Pye/Pi was part of her family. Calling out Pi, feeding Pye, watching Pi play would have happened every day. And KaTe would certainly have become familiar with the language of Pye! Pyewacket can mean "a witch's familiar". So KaTe could have dedicated Pi to her cat Pyewacket, giving the song the witch's dimension...
What breed are Zoodle and Pyewacket, and what colour are they? KB: "Zoodle and Pye are--I think you call them 'moggies'. One is black with one little white toe and the other one is black and white." Kate's KBC article, Issue 5 (April 1980), "With Love from Kate" gaffa.org/garden/kate6.html
Why did you call your cats Zoodle and Pyewacket? KB: "Paddy says that Zoodle is a German word for snoot, and I got the name from him. I don't know where the name Pyewacket came from--it just seemed a good idea at the time, as they say. We actually call her Pye." [Kate may or may not be speaking candidly here...] Kate's KBC article, Issue 4 (Christmas 1979) gaffa.org/garden/kate4.html
I know you like animals and I hear you keep cats. I wondered how many you have? KB: "I used to have two cats. Zoodle and Pyewackit, but I'm afraid that Zoodle died earlier this year. I was very upset, but she was eleven and had a good life. She was a beautiful cat. Pyewackit is absolutely fine, although she missed Zoodle at first. A few months ago we adopted a stray, feeding her and letting her live in the garage, and she had three kittens. We now have the 3 kittens. They are called Rocket, Sparky and Torchy. And although Pye didn't like them all at first, they all get on really well now, and we find them cuddled up on a chair together when we get in. They're such good company for her, and they all have such different personalities. It's so entertaining just sitting watching them play. It's bringing out the kitten in Pye: I've noticed her springing across the floor and leaping onto ledges that are far too small for her. She does things she hasn't tried for years and seems to be enjoying it all. I guess we're all young at heart, but sometimes it takes something to rediscover it!" Kate's KBC article, Issue 22 (December, 1987), Short interview gaffa.org/garden/kate24.html
Pyewacket is the name of a children's novel written by Rosemary Weir. First published in 1967, the narrative centers around the destruction of a series of row houses from the viewpoint(s) of Pyewacket, a resilient alley cat, and his friends who stay on the property and adapt to a new life.
Pyewacket also means "a witch's familiar": Pyewacket was one of the familiar spirits/imps of a witch detected by the "witchfinder general" Matthew Hopkins in March 1644 in the town of Manningtree, Essex, England. Hopkins claimed he spied on the witches as they held their meeting close by his house, and heard them mention the name of a local woman. She was arrested and deprived of sleep for four nights, at the end of which she confessed and called out the names of her familiars, describing the forms in which they should appear. They were: - Holt, "who came in like a white kittling" - Farmara, "who came in like a fat Spaniel without any legs at all" - Vinegar Tom, "who was like a long-legg'd greyhound, with an head like an Oxe" - Sacke and Sugar, "like a black Rabbet" - Newes, "like a Polecat" - Ilemauzer, Pyewacket, Pecke in the Crowne and Griezzel Greedigutt, described as imps Hopkins claims he and nine other witnesses saw the first five of these, which appeared in the forms described by the witch. Only the first of these was in the form of a cat; the next two were dogs, and the others were a black rabbit and a polecat - so Pyewacket was, presumably, not a cat's name. As for the other familiars, Hopkins says only that they were such that "no mortall could invent." The incident is described in Hopkins's pamphlet "The Discovery of Witches" (1647).
KaTe may also have taken the name Pyewacket from the movie BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE (1958). Bell, Book and Candle, by playwright John Van Druten, had a successful Broadway run before being made into a 1958 film starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon. Novak's character casts a love spell on Stewart, a publisher who is engaged to her childhood enemy. Pyewacket is a Siamese cat belonging to Novak's high priestess and who helps her cast the spell. By falling in love, Novak's character loses her powers as a witch and is no longer able to control her cat. The film is thought to have inspired the Sixties sitcom Bewitched.
In the 1972 film, The Amazing Mr Blunden, Diana Dors played a horrible old witchy type of woman, who, it is thought, shouts 'Pyewacket, Pyewacket!' to scare children away.
The mathematician at the heart of Kate Bush's Pi is equally obsessed with numbers. "They run, they run, they run him," she sings. "In a great big circle, in a circle of infinity." Unfortunately, Bush's attempt to sing pi to 150 decimal places falls over after the first 53, then she misses out 22 numbers. Full marks for trying, though. Songs about numbers, The Guardian, Friday 15 May 2009 www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/may/15/readers-recommedn-songs-about-numbers
Did anyone hear the item on Radio 4's "More or Less" with Tim Harford (Friday May 15th)?
Tim Harford: "That's Kate Bush singing Pi incorrectly. Starting at the 51st decimal place, Kate sang 58231. The true expansion of Pi is 58209. I teased her for getting it wrong. But did I get things wrong too?"
Tim Harford: "Does the sequence of numbers which Kate Bush sings in the song Pi actually appear in Pi?"
Dr Toby O'Neill: "If you look at the specific place where she went wrong and sang 58231, instead of what she should have done, then when you search through the digits of Pi you can actually find the sequence 58231 occurring for the first time at the 17,378th place after the decimal place."
It seems that "More or Less" (and The Guardian) are debating the Pi lyrics as printed in the Aerial booklet. But listening to the song, Kate sings the first 78 digits of pi correctly. However, although this means that KaTe sings the first 54 digits of Pi correctly, in the lyrics booklet it says "58231" instead of the sung "58209".
Kate Bush Pi - Printed Lyric Sheet: 3 point[/b] 1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 58231...
Kate Bush Pi - Sung Vocal: 3 point[/b] 1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 58209...
The decimal expansion of Pi is infinite. But KaTe only 'sings' Pi to the 137th decimal place(though she misses out 22 digits and 2 zeros.)
Real Pi: 3 point 1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 06286208 [99 8628034825 3421170679] 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223...
Kate Bush Pi (sung vocal): 3 point 1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 06286208 [MISSING 22] 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223... * [...the blue ZEROs (0) are UNSUNG; though Kate could be pronouncing the first of these zeros as 'oh-oh-oh'.]
* The unsung zeros (and the missing 22 digits) mean that KaTe does not sing the first 137 decimal places of Pi correctly. Indeed, it can be argued that she does not sing Pi at all: "Pi is a constant, which means if you omit (not truncate) or change the order of any of its known digits, it isn't Pi anymore."
The string 82148865132823066470938446095558223 does not occur in the first 200000000 digits of pi! The string 821488651 occurs at position 106,316,815 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. The string 95558223 occurs at position 4,771,196 counting from the first digit after the decimal point. www.angio.net/pi/bigpi.cgi
Jeez, all these attempts to explain Kate getting pi wrong. Couldn't she just have screwed up? How easy would it be to mishear "zero" as "three one" when copying it down?
Yes, KaTe could have got Pi screwed up, but it's fun to think otherwise... ;D
Ray of Light: Pi and Ascension Magick
KaTe sings the first 78 digits of Pi correctly. THERE ARE 78 TAROT CARDS IN THE DECK. So these first sung 78 digits might represent the complete 78 Tarot Cards. Kate then misses out 22 digits. THERE ARE 22 MAJOR ARCANA TAROT CARDS. So these missing 22 digits might represent the 22 Major Arcana Tarot Cards.
Kate then sings 5 digits, and then misses out the SIXTH digit, which is a ZERO. Kate then sings 25 digits, and then misses out another ZERO. Kate then sings 5 more digits before closing the song.
KaTe sings Pi to the 137th decimal place (missing out the 24 digits noted above). The Number 137 corresponds with Aerial light: ONE single wavelength consisting of THREE primary rays (red, yellow, and blue), and SEVEN spectrum rays (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet). [Newton originally (1672) named only five primary colours: red, yellow, green, blue and violet. Only later did he introduce orange and indigo, giving seven colours by analogy to the number of notes in a musical scale.]
The Number 137 might also refer to the Solar Logos, the Solar Trinity, and the Seven Rays attributed to specific forces and realms.
The Logos is a term that was used by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus to describe the underlying force of the universe. Logos translates to "word" but can also mean "principle" or "order," and is associated with the laws of nature. To the Greeks, logic was the guiding force of the universe, giving it structure and form. The Logos could be said to be a precursor to our concept of the collective consciousness. In much later periods, it has been compared to the concept of the Tao in Chinese mysticism or the Om sound of creation in Hinduism.
By the time of the classical Greek scholars, Plato, and Aristotle, the Logos was personalized as the individual's reason and faculty for knowledge. Plato believed that the soul was divided up into three parts: the epithymia, the desire, which resides in the belly; the thumos, the will, which lives in the heart; and the immortal logos, the divine self, which is associated with the head and intellect. Plato personified the logos, describing it as a living being.
For individuals, the Logos can be said to be the higher self, the oversoul or monad, the divine wise part of the self. The Logos is the higher aspect of creation, what to the Greeks was the guiding logic of the universe, the divine intelligence guiding creation, similar to the Hermetic concept of the Divine Mind.
In other traditions, the Logos is seen less as pure reason or logic, giving structure and form to the universe, and more as the wisdom and redemptive quality of the universe. In Christianity, the Logos is equated with Jesus Christ, as the Word of God incarnated. The creator god of Judaism and Christianity is also considered to be the Logos, for this Creator creates reality through the power of his words. The Logos is the creative power emanating from the prime Creator. We can relate this concept to the seventh dimension. The logos is responsible for the manifestation of all reality. In Christianity, the Logos, or Word, is said to be the second part of the divine trinity, yet in ascension, the Logos is, or contains, the trinity.
In ascension lore, the Logos is the higher self of creation. As there are many levels of each individual being paralleling the many levels of creation, the Logos manifests on many levels. Each Logos is responsible for the development of life in its domain. The concept of the Cosmic Logos is the closest thing we can understand as the creator of all universes, and all reality. From the Cosmic Logos flows the Universal Logos. The Universal Logos is epitomized by the Great Central Sun of our universe. It is the holy, formless fire in the center of the universe... The universal fire is found in many traditions, myths, and stories. The flow continues to the Galactic Logos, the Solar Logos, and finally the Planetary Logos level. Each universe has its own prime higher self, as does each galaxy, solar system, and planet.
Once can think of the structure of each system in a manner similar to the model presented in the Gaia hypothesis. We are like cells in the body of the Earth, as are all living things. Each has its own purpose for the greater functioning of the being, just as the cells within the organs of our body have their own individual purpose. Each planet is like an organ in the solar being's body. Each star is a part of the galactic being's body. Each galaxy is part of the universal being's body, and each universe is a part of the cosmic being's body. One can take the model of offices and the cosmic hierarchy boardroom flow chart and replace it with the image of anatomy, organs, and cells in varying levels of complexity, in bigger and bigger beings. But we know that each "cell," each "organ," is alive, and each level of beings has a higher self, a spiritual Logos, guiding this level.
Humanity is more concerned with the Solar Logos and Planetary Logos on a personal level. Our planet, along with the others in the solar system, is said to be one of the chakras, or spiritual organs, in the Solar Logos's body. In ascension lore, the Solar Logos is known as Helios, named after the Greek Titan of the Sun, a precursor to the solar figure Apollo. Perhaps the old myths of Helios show the ancient Greeks had knowledge of the Solar Logos, or perhaps the new ascension models are simply borrowing names from Greek mythology. From the Solar Logos emanates the hierarchy associated with our planet.
The first emanation from the Logos is a trinity of forces. Each Logos manifests its own trinity. The Solar Logos is said to manifest a solar trinity. The Planetary Logos manifests its own trinity as well. Much of the ascension lore from the time of Alice Bailey is filled with Christian terms, including the use of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to describe the trinity of the Solar Logos. Some know the third aspect as the Holy Ghost or the Holy Sophia, the feminine wisdom aspect of creation, bringing balance to an otherwise male-dominated image. Many think of the aspects as father, child, and mother principles. as one aspect is the impetus to create, the second is the redeeming or connecting force, and the third, the Holy Spirit, is the spark of the divine residing in all things, material and nonmaterial.
Though we can think of the trinity principle in Christian terms, the concept of triune powers is universal. In Hinduism, the concept is embodied by the gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, Brahma is the generative force, Vishnu is the preserving force, and Shiva is the dissolving force, The Hindu form of the "Word," or an interpretation of the Logos, is the mantra Om, or Aum, as the trinity manifests through the three letters A-U-M. In astrology, the three powers manifest in the energies of the cardinal, fixed, and mutable signs. In ceremonial magick, the forces are personified as Isis, Apophis, and Osiris, borrowing symbolism from Egypt. Others see a parallel between the Egyptian trinity of Osiris, Horus, and Isis and the early Christian church that looked at the third aspect of the trinity as the mother wisdom principle, or Holy Sophia. In alchemy, the three created principles are described as sulfur, mercury, and salt, the combustive, absorbing, and materializing forces. In witchcraft and paganism, the triple goddess or the three fates are the triune powers. Many modern mystics use the term GOD as an acronym for generating, organizing, and destroying. The three-ray teaching has parallels in the Celtic lore of the Druids and bards, with the symbol of awen, or divine inspiration, manifesting as three rays of light emanating from three dots. The three rays correspond to the three worlds of the Celts; the three parts of the soul; the earth, sea, and sky; the letters I, O, and U; and the principles of love, wisdom, and truth.
In the Theosophical system, the trinity manifests as The Three Rays of Aspect, the first three of the seven rays. The divine energy, viewed as light, is said to be divided into various "rays," or frequencies, of divine energy, each with specific attributes. The divine light first manifests from this trinity into three rays that we associate with the primary colors - red, blue, and yellow. The three principles of these rays are will, love, and intelligence. The principle embodied by the first ray, the red ray, is will. The second ray, or blue ray, embodies the power of love. The third ray, the yellow ray, manifests the power of active intelligence.
The trinity of three rays manifests in the various orders of beings in the cosmos. Angelic beings are said to be a primary manifestation of the red ray, enacting the will of the divine and having no free will of their own. The spirits of the natural world - plants, animals, stones, and the entities that guide them - embody the heart and love of the Creator and are aligned with the powers of the blue ray. Humans - or any humanoid, incarnate race - manifest from the mind of divinity, aligned with the yellow ray. The Principle of Mentalism shows us that the nature of creation is mental, and we, having minds like the Creator, are able to create. We are like creator gods, made in the divine image. But we also have difficulty learning to master the mind. Spiritual techniques such as yoga, meditation, and magick are techniques to give us greater mastery over the mind and bring it into harmony with will and love. Though we have a strong mental nature, we also have free will and the capacity to love - a trifold nature.
The power of the Logos is said to manifest through the second ray, with the first and third flanking it, as it is through the Logos and the second ray that we become more aware of our divine nature and reconcile the two other aspects of creation. The second and third rays, seen as embodying the "son" and "mother" principles, share a unique relationship that is often overlooked. Though the mother aspect is strongly associated with love, the mother rules the third ray of the mind and humanity, which at first glance seems more male orientated. At first we would probably see the mother principle as being more in tune with the ray of love, until we see that she is the spark, the life force, in all of creation, and creation is but a construct of divine mental energy, is really ruled by the second ray of love. Through the choice of love, humans find their way to spiritual awakening and empowerment.
In ascension teachings, all humans have a triple flame with their heart, manifesting the blessings of these three principles. Sometimes described as power, love, and wisdom, or power, love, and intelligence, they are the three core principles of ascension. The three principles work together to create a balance. Love without intelligence and power is ineffective. Power not tempered by intelligence and love is harsh. Intelligence without power and love to put it into action is useless. Getting in touch with all three principles is an important step in remaining grounded and stable on the ascension path, giving you the ability to act, discern and love in equal measures. When you lack one, it's easy to stray off your path and become unbalanced.
THE SEVEN RAYS
The Logos refracts the light of divinity much as a prism refracts light, expressing it in a spectrum of seven colors emanating from the source. Each ray is an archetypal energy representing a form of consciousness and development in the world. These emanations are much like those of the Qabalah, as the divine descends into ten colored spheres, each manifesting one aspect of creation. The science of the rays - using them to understand the universe and our place in the universe - is much like the study of the Qabalah.
The rays play a large part in our ascension cosmology, but they are not to be confused with the dimensions, for the rays shine through and permeate all the dimensions. Mystics can connect to these manifestations of consciousness in any dimension. There are "higher," or more enlightened, expressions of each ray, and lower, or baser, expressions of each ray, based upon the consciousness that is expressing the ray into form. The lower expression of the first ray, the red ray of will and power, can manifest as simple survival or as a craving for power. At a higher level it manifests as the spiritual warrior and guardian of truth and divine will.
The three primary rays, known as the Rays of Aspect, are the manifestation of the trinity, as previously discussed. According to Theosophical teachings, the remaining four rays, known as the Rays of Attribute, manifest from the third ray. They have more to do with human realms and the concerns of civilization, although in meditative vision, my guides have shown me a new model, in which the rays manifest like paints from the three primary colors swirling together. The seven rays of light, much like the colors of the rainbow spectrum, express seven different facets of divinity. One thing that is difficult for new students to understand about the rays is the order of their colors. When compared to the order of the colors in the rainbow spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), the order of red, blue, yellow, green, orange, indigo, and violet seems illogical. If you think of the order of the rays in terms of primary and secondary colors (first the primary colors and then the secondary colors), then it makes more sense.
The seven rays are attributed to specific forces and realms
The light of the seven rays reaches us through the Sun, the Solar Logos. In channeled material it is often stated that such high-vibrational celestial energies have to be modified as they move down through the various dimensions, much like an electrical current moving through a series of transformers, in order to reach us at the appropriate frequency. The various energy transformers are associated with the star systems around us, linking our spiritual evolution to other stars and the spirits residing in those star systems. The rays are said to be focused through the stars of Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Polaris, the Pleiades, and Sirius before reaching our Sun. As they move from these stars into the Sun, they continue to move through the body of the Solar Logos by passing through the seven sacred planets of the ancients, the chakras of the Solar Logos's body. According to the ancients, these seven planets were the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The rays are further transformed as they move through the planetary energy centers, the chakras of the Earth, and then they resonate with our own individual energy centers.
fromChristopher Penczak, Ascension Magick: Ritual, Myth & Healing for the New Aeon (2007, pp124-132).
“Did you know that one hundred thirty-seven is the number associated with the Cabala?”
As already noted, Aerial is full of waveforms ~ circles, cycles, colors, rhythms, time, light, formula and universal codes. KaTe sings Pi to the 137th decimal place. The importance of the number 137 is that it is related to the so-called 'fine-structure constant' of quantum electrodynamics. This derived quantity is given by combining several fundamental constants of nature:
where e is the charge on the electron, c is the speed of light, h-bar is Planck's constant and the epsilon represents the permittivity of free space. Despite the fact that each of these constants have their own dimensions, the fine-structure constant is completely dimensionless!
One of the great physicists of this century is a man named Richard Feynman, who teaches at CalTech and knows as much about the way the Cosmos works as any man alive. Feynman has participated in half a dozen extraordinary theoretical developments and won a fistful of prizes, including the one you get from Sweden. Even so, he likes to tell people that physics has not accomplished as much as some physicists like to brag, and that we are not as close to a great universal theory of matter and energy as some theorists like to think. Indeed, Feynman has said, physicists ought to put a special sign in their offices to remind themselves of how much they don't know. The message on the sign would be very simple. It would consist entirely of one word, or, rather, number: 137.
One hundred thirty-seven is the value of a number called the fine-structure constant. This constant, 137, is the way physicists describe the probability that an electron will emit or absorb a photon. Because this is the basic physical mechanism of electricity and magnetism, the fine-structure constant has its own symbol, the Greek letter a, “alpha.”
Now, alpha is nothing more, nothing less than the square of the charge of the electron divided by the speed of light times Planck’s constant. Thus this one little number contains in itself the guts of electromagnetism (the electron charge), relativity (the speed of light), and quantum mechanics (Planck’s constant). All in one number! Not only that, this number isn’t like the gravitational constant or the universal gas constant, full of meters and kilograms and degrees Celsius. Alpha is a pure, dimensionless number — little wonder that people have been fascinated.
Physicists would like to believe that these phenomena fit together tidily in accordance with one big plan. They would like the ratio of electromagnetism, relativity, and quantum mechanics to be a number like one, or maybe two times pi. They do not like its being 137 — a prime number, for heaven“s sake!
The significance of alpha was first spelled out in 1915 by a physicist named Arnold Sommerfeld — at the time, measurement errors made the value closer to 136 — and physics ever since has been littered with efforts to explain it. the most famous attempt was that of Sir Arthur Eddington, a prominent astronomer who believed that such constants could be used to produce a theory of the universe. He built a huge 16-dimensional equation full of these constants and claimed that alpha could be calculated from the number of terms: (162 - 16) / 2 + 16 = 136.
Unfortunately, experiments quickly showed that alpha was really closer to 137. Plucky Arthur Eddington was not dismayed. He said he had forgotten to add one more factor — alpha itself — and made the value 137. For thus, Punch magazine dubbed him Sir Arthur Adding-One. But Eddington was not deterred. Proudly he proclaimed that the firmament contains exactly (137 - 1) x 2256 protons. Of course, the old man may have been right; nobody has yet been able to count them all.
Throughout the Thirties and Forties, the greatest scientists of the day tried and failed to figure out the magic number 137. The great Werner Heisenberg told his friends that the problems of quantum theory would disappear only when 137 was explained, and spent years trying to explain it; fortunately, the problems did go away despite his failure. One of Heisenberg’s friends, theorist wolfgang Pauli, wasted endless research time trying to multiply pi by other numbers to get 137; Edward Teller, now a prominent advocate of star wars, derived alpha from gravitation; and a dotty Japanese showed that the difference in the masses of the proton and delta particle is equal to alpha. All this shows is that there are many ways you can multiply and add a bunch of numbers to get 137. The closest any of these people got to the answer, perhaps, was when Pauli died — in hospital room 137.
The best explanation of the mystery ever given to Victor Weisskopf, another leading theorist from that time, was provided by Gershom Scholem, one of the most eminent scholars of Jewish mysticism. When Scholem met Weisskopf, he asked about the prominent unsolved problems in physics. Weisskopf said, “Well, there's this number, 137....” And Scholem's eyes lit up! He said, “Did you know that one hundred thirty-seven is the number associated with the Cabala?”
After physicists slam into a problem for a few decades, they tend to go into greener pastures. Alpha calculating has been out of fashion for a while. Physics is making progress without it. But it is comforting to know that if you're at a party, and some know-it-all is talking about how great the progress of science is, you can always say, “That’s true, my man. But why is alpha equal to one hundred thirty-seven?”
Hard 'n Phirm released their version of Pi in February 2005. KaTe released her version in November 2005. So maybe KaTe was inspired by the Phirm? ...
Hard 'n Phirm is a comedy/parody musical duo based in Los Angeles. The members are Chris Hardwick and Mike Phirman. They began performing at UCLA in 1994, but broke up, only to reform 7 years later. After the huge success of their song "Rodeohead" (a bluegrass-style medley of covers of Radiohead songs), they released their first and only album to date: Horses and Grasses. The album also includes the song "Pi" which gained popularity from its music video directed by Keith Schofield.
Horses and Grasses is the first album of the comedy band Hard 'n Phirm. It was released in 2005 to acclaim, especially for the fourth track "Pi" and for their bluegrass Radiohead medley titled "Rodeohead".
Hard N Phirm - Pi www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfr7xG6smhU&feature=related Released Audio CD (February 22, 2005) As far as I know, no other album ever recorded explains the workings of the heart in Spanish, tells you when the cinnamon rolls are done, makes reference to more Radiohead songs in seven minutes and twenty one seconds than you can shake a stick at, drops a robot in a vat of pudding and goes over the first 190 or so digits of Pi. And that's still less than half of the album.
When ink and pen in hands of men Inscribe your form, bipedal "P" They draw an altar on which God has slaughtered all stability No eyes could ever soak in all the places you anoint And yet to see you all at once we only need the point Flirting with infinity, your geometric progeny That fit inside you oh so tight With triangles that feel so right
Your ever-constant homily says flaw is discipline The patron saint of imperfection frees us from our sin And if our transcendental lift shall find a final floor Then Man will know the death of God where wonder was before
Yeah, I know this Pi shit backwards and forwards Check it out
I did three chicks then I pointed at the door A girl entered in so that made it four I snapped one time in came another five Add 'em all up and that makes nine The average age 26.5 Now that's what I call gettin' some pi Five of the chicks wore 6-inch heels Two of the nine squealed like seals 514 was the area code Quebec, Canada my winter abode And my 1.3 million dollar chalet
Oh he love, he love, he love He does love his numbers And they run, they run, they run him In a great big circle In a circle of infinity...
This coming home to ourselves is the first step in the way. And as we come home to life, life changes before our eyes, changes and expands its limits. And we soon begin to divine that a rounded, harmonious and gracious life is far more than we had first conceived it to be. For it is to be rounded in a circle of infinity, tuned to eternal harmony, and made gracious with the essence of that bliss which is the substance of life, that delight which is very life itself. ~ Lucifer: A Theosophical Magazine, September 1894 to January 1895, H. P. Blavatsky, Annie Besant, p.69.
Kate Bush: "I think that as a very young child, perhaps I aspired to becoming something like a great actress." The Tony Myatt interview (1985)