The Alphabet That Changed the World, How Genesis Preserves a Science of Consciousness in Geometry and Gesture

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Figures
Editor’s Preface
Author’s Note

Chapter 1: Introduction

The Meruba Ashurit Alphabet
The Letter Bet
Spencer-Brown’s Mark of Distinction
Letters as Gestures
Idealization Not Idolatry
Geometric Metaphor
Passages from the Traditional Commentaries

Chapter 2: Overview of the Meru Hypothesis

The Meru Foundation
The First Distinction
The Two Names of God
The First Verse of Genesis
The Hierarchical Structure of the Five Books
The Torus
The Negentropic Gradient
Infinite Negentropy
Fourier Transform and Delta Function
The Pattern of the Letter-Text and the First Line of Genesis
First Hand and Letter-Text: Hand Gestures and the Origin of the Alphabet
Maximum Contrast of Asymmetry and Symmetry: The Flame in the Meeting Tent
Abraham, Monotheism, and the Alphabet
Abraham’s Discovery

Chapter 3: The Alphabet that Changed the World, Part 1

Beginning of Research and the Founding of the Meru Foundation
Ten Years of Research
Torah Text as Time Capsule
Alternative Readings of Genesis 1:1
Letter-Sequence of Genesis 1:1
The Dividing of the Letter-Text into Words

Chapter 4: Historical Interlude

“Not even a jot or a tittle”

Chapter 5: The Alphabet that Changed the World, Part 2

Genesis 1:1 and the Alphabet
Geometry and the Alphabet: Pattern and Meaning
The Incomparable
Tori and Topology
Arthur M. Young’s Seven-Stage Theory of Process
Arrangements of Seven-Color Torus Maps and Genesis 1:1

Chapter 6: The Alphabet that Changed the World, Part 3

A More Elegant Pattern: Eliminating Blank Spaces
The Extended Symmetry Groups: Hamantashen
The Shushon Flower
The Flame in the Meeting Tent and the Reciprocal Spiral
Complementarity of the Tetrahedron and the Torus or Vortex
The Vortex and the Tetrahedron in Traditional Symbolism
From Flame to Hand
Torus Knots
The Tetrahelical Column
The Model Hand
The Significance of Forming Gestures
The Model Hand and the Traditional Meaning of Putting On Tefillin

Chapter 7: Principles of Interpretation Part 1—The Gesture Alphabet

The Gesture Alphabet
Some Assumptions Held by Liberal Scholarship
The Assumptions Regarding the Torah
The History of What Became the Alphabet
The Gestural Hypothesis of Human Language Origins
Translingual and Intralingual Puns
Intrinsic Significance Inherent in Hebrew Letter Forms
How the Knowledge was Lost
Gestures and Letters
The Unique Qualities of Gesture Letters Formed from a Single Model Hand

Chapter 8: Principles of Interpretation Part 2—Emergence

The Von Neumann Challenge
The Fountain of Wisdom
On the Way to Maturity: The Inverted-T Diagram and the Golden Rules
Emergent Phenomena
The Golden Rules
The Inverted-T as Universal Geometric Metaphor
A New Consciousness

Chapter 9: The Last Chapter is Not Yet Written


  1. Hebrew Text of Quotation from Avodat Avodah
  2. Sefer Yetzirah and the Meru Hypothesis
  3. The Dirac String Trick: First Hand
  4. Breathing Out and Breathing In—The Hypersphere: Two Ways to Depict a Hypersphere (illustration)
  5. Meru Conjectures (1986)
  6. Shushon Flower Arrangement of the 27-Letter Hebrew Alphabet (illustration)
  7. Atbash-Base-3 Snake (illustration)
  8. Introduction to Symmetry and the Platonic and Archimedean Solids
  9. The Ouroboros
  10. Reciprocal Spirals in Nature, Art, and Physics
  11. The Sphere-Points of the Lahav Swath as the 72-Letter Name of God (illustration)
  12. Dalet, Delta, and “The Almighty” (illustration)
  13. Multicultural Imagery: How the Idealizations of Continuous Creation and the Fountain of Wisdom are Embodied in the Great Traditions
  14. Ten-ness, the Tetractys, and Marion’s Theorem