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The Numerical Universe

By Anthony Morris

"The grand book of the universe... was written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which it is impossible to understand a single word of it."


 We don't have to believe.

We can know.

Copyright © 2017 Anthony Morris. All rights reserved.


To my family, and for everyone else's


I acknowledge the great work and support of a great many others, including, in no particular order:

John Michell, Walter Russell, James Heyworth, Bonnie Gaunt, Dr. Mark Leaning, Dr. Jordi Soler, Vernon Jenkins, Vic Showell, Stuart Mitchell, Randy Powell, Marcus Weston, Dr. Jean Claude Perez, Professor Ken Ono, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Plato, Pythagoras, Aldous Huxley, Arthur Young, Aryeh Kaplan, Michael Schneider, Johannes Kepler, Karen Elkins, Dr. Talal Ghannam, Tim & Liz Farrell, Graham Hancock, Dr. Carl Calleman, Marko Rodin, John Stuart Reid, Richard McGough, Dale Pond, Scott Onstott, Clay Taylor, Professor Jay Kappraff, Professor Leon Crickmore, Martin Doutre, Richard Heath, Robin Heath, Julian Shelbourne, Rich Merrick, Mark Rossi, Dr. Peter Plichta, Michael Joyce, Neil Shotton, Stephen Wells, Malcolm Rutherford, Christine Rhone, Eamonn Loughran, and Alex Syed.

My thanks also to the various Publishers who have allowed me to reproduce the work of others:- Inner Traditions, W M Norton, Thames & Hudson and The University of Science and Philosophy.


The Numerical Universe sets out to show that there exists a primordial, numerical, geometric and musical structure to the Universe. The proposal is simply that there is only order in the universe; that there is no chaos and that we are not all here by virtue of some incredible stroke of luck. The universe is instead shown to be the effect produced by a perfectly balanced, always in equilibrium, numerical order, inherent to the decimal system of numbers 0 to 9.

A complete understanding of this system of Number is the gateway to both a perfect understanding of everything in the universe and a personal enlightenment. We do not have to believe in a creation, we can know, absolutely.

Schumpeter's idea of 'Creative Destruction' which describes the process of an inherent and incessant revolution in the economic structure, forever destroying the old one, constantly creating the new one, is again ushering in the perennial philosophy advanced by Plato and Pythagoras which will once more lead us out of the darkness. The perennial philosophy tends to reassert itself in time of political chaos as something that is immutable and enduring. When the true nature of Nature is revealed so will it in turn lead to a return to living in harmony with Nature and the Universe instead of obviating natural cycles with Man's technology. It is ignorance that causes war and divisiveness among Men, nothing more.

The book starts with a look at the numerical structure and how the decimal system of numbers work in specific pairs and groups, making use of modular arithmetic - the reader won't need any formal mathematical training to follow the arguments and analysis. I then move on to analyse the group of 20 amino acids which are common to all life and which reveals the canonical, numerical, geometric and ultimately musical biological template that pervades the created Universe.

In the final section I demonstrate how the Integer Partition Table of Numbers might be the numerical algorithm used to create and structure the whole of the universe. Numbers are seen to organise themselves in such a way that they unfold as an elegant geometric integration to produce a holographic universe.

Hard evidence of this ancient knowledge may be found in analysis of the Bible, the Great Pyramid, Stonehenge and all the megalithic sites, that are shouting this numerical canon that it may never be lost.

The theory offers extraordinary new insights into the central question of natural philosophy, the origin of the Fine Structure Constant, the force that essentially holds us and the universe together and that stops us from flying apart, and the famous number 137, that has so obsessed some of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century.

Enduring mysteries concerning Prime Numbers, Photosynthesis, Plato, Dante's 55 Stelle, the 153 Fish in the Bible, and the SATOR Square recovered from the ruins of Pompeii - all can be readily explained and understood by application of this number theory which can potentially project our learning and advancement like no theory yet conceived.

From a religious point of view I can honestly say that I have no axe to grind. I was brought up Catholic and seriously disillusioned in formative years to the point of rejection of Catholic doctrine but not the rejection of the God that resides in me (and that resides in us All), and which connection had always been very strongly felt in me as a child and now in adulthood.

I don't think of myself as a scientist or as an academic. I am just very curious, with a wide range of interests and have always been attracted to Numbers, but not necessarily the mathematics I was taught. It is unfortunate that I was never exposed to Pythagoras and Plato during my education and thus had no appreciation of the quality of numbers until 2010.

In this effort I have pieced together the work of many great men and women and it is by standing upon their shoulders that this theory of everything can come to you at all. Otherwise, I have simply let intuition be my guide and have been rewarded by a flow of incredible synchronicity that has allowed me to progress the theory to this stage.

I do not claim to have all the answers by any means but my hope is that my work will provide the inspiration for the research of many others much cleverer than I. To me it feels like I have opened a crack in a door that has been shut for a very long time.

To set the scene for the whole of this work I can think of no better introduction than the one written by John Michell in his brilliant book, The Dimensions of Paradise, with which all of my work is strongly aligned.


In Quest of the Canon by John Michell.

'Ancient science was based, like that of today, on number, but whereas number is now used in the quantitative sense for secular purposes, the ancients regarded numbers as symbols of the universe, finding parallels between the inherent structure of number and all types of form and motion. Theirs was a very different view of the world from that which now obtains. They inhabited a living universe, a creature of divine fabrication, designed in accordance with reason and thus to some extent comprehensible by the human mind.

The special regard paid to mathematical studies in the ancient world arose from the understanding that number is the mean term in the progression from divine reason to its imperfect reflection in humanity. At some very early period, by a process quite beyond explanation, certain groups of numbers were brought together and codified. Thus was created that numerical standard, or canon of proportion, which was at the root of all ancient cultures and was everywhere attributed to some form of miraculous revelation. It was taken to be the nucleus and activating principle of number generally, a summary of all the types of progressions and relationships that occur within the field of number and thus a faithful image of the numerically created universe.

In the known civilizations of antiquity, such as China, Babylon, and Egypt, the canon of number was venerated as the source of all knowledge and a guide to rightful conduct. Its influence extended from art and music to affairs of state. Every branch of science expressed its theories and observations in terms of that same small group of numbers which are investigated in this book. One numerical code has fashioned the whole of ancient mathematics, music, astronomy, chronology, metrology, and every variety of craft. It has left its mark on every relic and tradition of ancient cultures. There is nothing artificial about it, for the conclusion to these researches is that the various orders of natural phenomena do indeed conform to certain similar patterns of number, which also provide the framework of number itself. This allows the eventual reconstitution of that scientific standard which supported the fabric of ancient societies over periods of time that, by modern reckoning, seem remarkably long.

The author is frankly partial to the traditional order of philosophy associated in the West with Plato but also expressed in every different culture. It is called idealistic because it is concerned with causes rather than effects and with ideal forms rather than appearances. It is also called perennial, meaning that it grows naturally in the human mind and blossoms at certain seasons. The reason for its constant, universal recurrence is that it is mathematically based. Thus it provides a most realistic view of the world, balanced and made fully human by its transcendental aspect, the traditional doctrine of the soul's immortality.

The number series that is demonstrated throughout this book not only was the source of all traditional arts and sciences but also gave birth to the system of philosophy adopted by Plato. That philosophy occurs of its own accord in the mind of whoever studies these numbers, their relationships, and their applications in different branches of nature. Through such studies the Pythagorean dictum All Is Number comes to life, and thus is opened a new outlook on the world in general. This new outlook, which is not in fact new but traditional, has certain consequences, discussed in the final chapter. It opens possibilities for the future, when the lack of a common, humanistic, scientific standard in affairs has become even more glaring than it is now, and necessity compels the search for some universal guiding principle.

To that future this book is dedicated. Its contents may seem in part dense and obscure. That is mainly due to the author's lack of ability to do justice to this worthiest of all subjects. But it is due also to the modern eclipse of the traditional worldview that gives significance to these studies. The science here unfolded is of no obvious relevance to the modern world, and the type of philosophy that goes with it has been supplanted by other, temporary orthodoxies. To give sense and context to the following studies in the ancient canon of number, the traditional sciences relating to it are briefly described in separate chapters, with reference to the grand alchemical science to which they all contributed and the cosmological outlook that engendered them. This last is the most important, for the purpose and methods of the old sciences are apparent only in the light of traditional cosmology.  That light is still hidden below the horizon of modern consciousness, but it can never be extinguished. And when next it arises, demanding the forms of science appropriate to it, the subjects raised in this book will be once again of paramount importance.

This book is the outcome of its author's quest, pursued over many years, for the legendary key to universal knowledge alluded to in esoteric traditions and early texts. Its point of departure was Plato's statement in the Laws that the Egyptian priests possessed a canon of lawful proportions and harmonies, by means of which their civilized standards had been preserved uncorrupted for literally thousands of years. The discovery and maintenance of true cultural standards was the main theme of Plato's own writings. His scheme for a well-governed city, described in his Laws, was based on a certain numerical formula, often referred to but specified by only one of its components, the number 5,040. From this and his other mathematical allusions, the inference is that Plato himself had studied the laws of harmony he attributed to the Egyptians. In pure mathematical form, those laws were made the cornerstone of his proposed reforms in education and politics. The following chapters on Platonic number show how the laws of harmony were expressed numerically, as the dimensions of a city, a scale of music, or intervals in astronomy. In all his cosmological demonstrations, Plato used the same set of numbers and similar geometrical diagrams, applying them to such apparently different things as music and the order of the planets, and thus illustrating his belief that number is the "natural bond" that holds together the entire universe.

One of the conclusions from this study is that Plato's symbolic arithmetic was not a contemporary discovery but a heritage from the distant past. The ground plan of his imaginary City consists of the same combined shapes and numbers as the Stonehenge plan laid down some 1,500 years earlier. Their common units of measure were derived from the same archetype, the numerical image of the cosmos. In chapter 3, the ancient units are analyzed and given their exact values, from which it appears that their lengths represent subdivisions of certain basic standards. The standards referred to are not in the first instance physical: they are indeed reflected in the actual dimensions of the earth and the solar system, but in essence they are purely numerical. And the numbers that express ancient units of length are the same as those that denote the scales of traditional music. The forms of music and measure known to Plato were defined and codified thousands of years before his time. Their common source was the canon of number, which Plato either learned wholly from certain teachers or partly reconstructed. His own concern as a would-be reformer and cultural revivalist was to renew the influence of the canon and make it once more effective as an instrument for universal harmony and stability.

It was probably through the Mystery schools, the select institutions of scholarship and mystical inquiry in classical and early Christian times, that the esoteric tradition which Plato drew on was passed down to the founders of Christianity. They were the cause of its last flourishing, soon to be blighted. St. John's New Jerusalem, a visionary form of Plato's ideal City and numerically identical to it, was a token of the "new heaven and new earth" that the prophet foresaw as the issue of renaissance through Christianity and the restoration of the true cosmic standard. Early Christian traditions are particularly useful through indicating the relative meanings and importance attributed to those numbers that occur in earlier sacred contexts. Thus, for instance, we learn of the supreme significance to Christian mystics of the number 3,168, which was also the paramount number in the ancient canon. Those Christian sects who practiced the numerical theology claimed that, through assimilating the pagan science, Christianity had become the legitimate heir to the ancient religious tradition.

The significance of this present subject can be summed up in many different ways. To artists, architects, and musicians, the study of number and proportion has been of traditional interest, and when the current vogue for novelty and individualism has run its course, it will become so again. With scientists of all disciplines, the case is similar. Bereft of guidance by any common philosophy, their researches and products are determined by the whims of commerce, militarism, national pride, and similar vanities; and the world of scholarship is likewise dominated by faddish intellectualism. Thus are created weird, aberrant thought-forms and monstrous manifestations. At such periods of philosophical anarchy, says Plato in the Republic, when there is no common means of distinguishing between beneficial and destructive products, popular demand arises for a standard of judgment. This is usually answered by some tyrant with his own prescription for standards. The demand, of course, is for an objective standard, one that is rooted in nature and reflects no particular theory or ideology. With this consideration begins the quest for the venerable cosmic standard or unified world image that is numerically structured to represent, in essence, the entire universe.'

The Dimensions of Paradise by John Michell published by Inner Traditions International and Bear & Company, ©2008. All rights reserved. http://www.Innertraditions.com Reprinted with permission of publisher.

I had originally intended to try to avoid bringing the emotional subjects of Religion, God, Gematria, and Kabbalah to any of this work as I felt that it would instantly turn a great many people off. However, as the research has progressed it has become obvious that what I am working on will instantly clarify other philosophical research which is correct and true, including these areas which are so clearly in line with what I have uncovered throughout the research.

This has allowed me to reveal the hidden meanings in mysteries that are millennia old - these are covered in the final section of my work in more depth. Now, while the numerical work might bear out key aspects of Kabbalah say, this does not mean necessarily that the scholars who have interpreted it have done a good job. I am no expert and not the person to judge. However, what we can say is that the basic structure is correct.

We don't have to believe, we can know. This is a numerical universe and everything can be decoded with a full understanding of the decimal system and how numbers operate as a clear and congruent system to produce an innate order in the Universe, even if this order is beyond our own egoic perception which has been conditioned to believe in chaos.

The Number system is the glue that underpins the operation of all things.