OCTOBER SCHOOL OF EDUCATION: RESEARCH SEMINAR
11:30AM-12:00PM 23 OCTOBER 2017
LEVEL 8, NEXUS BUILDING, 10 PULTENEY STREET, SMaRTe ROOM, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
PAULI & JUNG-A PSYCHOLOGY OF SCIENCE?
DR ROBERT MATTHEWS: Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of Adelaide
The theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Wolfgang Pauli, collaborated with Carl Jung through the 1940s and 1950s. Through their exchange, Pauli became very interested to incorporate physics with Jung’s psychology. As an avid reader of antique and medieval philosophy, like Jung he was interested in understanding the transformations that had taken place in our scientific views through an historical view. Using Jung’s archetypal notion, Pauli investigated the ‘primordial forms’ that appear to reside and inform the creation of new scientific ideas. To elucidate this, he wrote in particular on the argument between Robert Fludd and Johannes Kepler from the early 1500s (see inset of Kepler’s music of the spheres).
Kepler’s Mysterium Cosmographicum
Further support for Pauli’s view is provided through the recorded accounts of the creative process by scientists and mathematicians (and artists for that matter). Should this formative account prove correct, there are implications in the instruction of current scientific ideas and for the fostering of the creative process. These implications will be discussed.
Dr Robert Matthews is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, having joined the School in 2003. He teaches in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, preparing beginning teachers for their classroom practice and guiding early researchers in their Masters dissertations respectively. Prior to this position, Robert was a post-doctoral research physicist at Flinders University doing theoretical calculations of electron scattering experiments in various materials. Although this work was of great interest, a desire to work with people took hold. This led to training to be a teacher, and consequently Robert wrote curriculum for the ASMS and taught as a secondary physics and mathematics teacher. Around this time, Robert also commenced training as a Jungian analyst in Switzerland. His earlier seeking to understand the depths of the physical world, were now accompanied by the same scrutiny of the inner world of the psyche. Something akin to following the (much larger) footsteps of the Nobel laureate Wolfgang Pauli, who, working with Carl Jung, attempted to bridge these two domains. This rich background offers many novel insights into the realm of education, creativity and learning which sit at the heart of Robert’s research interests