For several decades in the early 20th century, it looked like mysticism, mathematics, physics, philosophy, and religion would become cozy roommates. Physicists, excited by the new quantum arena, were looking for God in the particles. Mathematicians were pondering the infinite. The best minds from Einstein down were embracing the idea of God. It didn’t last long, and science and math have returned to being secular endeavors, but a spate of new books on this time when scientists were pondering the infinite suggests that perhaps the seemingly separate worlds are coming back together.

Naming Infinity: A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity by Loren Graham and Jean-Michel Kantor. Harvard University Press. 256 pages. $25.95 Deciphering the Cosmic Number: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung by Arthur I. Miller. Norton Press. 368 pages. $27.95

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