Kabbalah and String Theory

 

According to string theory, all of reality exists in multiple dimensions. The number varies, but many versions say there are ten dimensions. These consist of the 4 dimensions we experience – 3 dimensions of space and 1 of time – together with others which are “curled up” so invisible to us. Now I’m not necessarily an advocate of string or superstring theory, which don’t seem to me to be testable even in principle…

However, it’s interesting perhaps that in Kabbalah…

“God emanated from His infinite light (through the process of tzimtzum–the “contraction” of  infinity) ten Divine lights or powers (sefirot) through which He created the universe. Each of these ten powers can be understood to be a  “dimension” of reality. All ten dimensions are seen to be contained within the “point-string”  (in the idiom of Chassidut, “a formed point” [in contrast to “an unformed point”], whose form resembles a tiny “string”)  of the letter yud = 10. The letter yud is the first letter of God’s essential Name Havayah. The full spelling of the letter yud is: yud (10), vav (6), dalet (4). The two additional letters, the vav (6) and the dalet (4)  themselves equal the original yud (10). The full spelling of the yud is thus to be understood as an equation: 10 = 6 plus 4. The 10 dimensions of reality divide into two categories, one of 6 and the other of 4.”

There appears to me to be a clear relationship. Of course it may be that the mathematicians and scientists behind string theory are influenced by conscious or unconscious knowledge of Kabbalah, or alternatively that science is revealing ancient knowledge differently expressed.

 

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