Science in the poetic work of Bishop Njegos

  1. Lemma
  2. Nauka u poeziji vladike Njegosa
  3. Serbian
  4. Stevanovic, Aleksandra
  5. Scientific theories and disciplines - Mathematics
  6. 26-8-2016
  7. Rakocevic, Miloje [Author]. Njegosh’s Primordial Logos I
  8. Njegosh’s Primordial Logos I - Belgrade: Interpres, 2000.
    1. Rakocevic, Miloje
  9. universal logos - geometry
    1. The book represents the work of Petar Petrovic II Njegos (1813–1851), the prince-bishop of Montenegro, poet and philosopher, whose work has been regarded as one of the most important in Montenegrin and Serbian literature. However, Rakocevic presents a novum – the fact that Njegos was also a great scientific mind. The book Njegosh’s "Primordial Logos I" serves as a great insight into the connection between religion and science in the 19th century. The essence of the book is the analysis of the work by Njegos, his symmetry of words and numbers and quest for universal logos. Thematically, the book is divided into two main parts: first part is dedicated to the universal logos quest, while the second one represents the logic of logos by Njegos. The hypothesis is that the work of Njegos is more than poetical and philosophical and that it represents a unique, mathematical and scientific code system. Initially, the author distinguishes eastern and western science. 20th century has brought an absurd situation and apex of the millennia dispute of eastern and western science in understanding the world, exploring the relation of wholeness and parts. Misunderstanding also stems from excessive specialization and fragmentation. Hence, science fails to explain the wholeness of Nature. What scientists fail to see is the connection between space and time, which Einstein has presented, but what bishop Njegos has also (in his own way) understood. Furthermore, the first part of the book implies the limitations of science and underlines that science has imposed itself as the only eligible regarding the truth about the world and discards all the alternatives.

      The second part of the book analyzes the poetical work by Njegos and underlines that his work represents consent in all, the law of universal code of Nature. The structure of the work of Njegos’s corresponds to the structure of genetic code, or chemical code. Thereby, his work is the wholeness of poetry, philosophy and science. There is a conclusion that he has established harmony of words and numbers, while his methodology corresponds to the scientific one. Rakocevic employs the scientific methodology as well, and provides strong evidence that the bishop has suspected universal logos and hence the logic of unity. It has been proved that the number of verses in the three works of his (Mountain Wreath, The Ray of the Microcosm, False Tsar Stephen the Little) published from 1845 to 1847, after a long pause, corresponds to Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Mean, logic square of binary symmetry. Prior to writing, Njegos was establishing mathematical-comodogenic, and architectural-literary structure of his work. He was also inspired by the natural geometrics (such as the honeycomb hexagonal geometry). and strived to recognize and understand the universal wholeness and after finding it, implied its essence by matching the relation between his triptych poetical structure and Fibonacci Sequence and Golden Mean. The author implies that the main relation in God’s number (777 and/or 1776) is the relation of numbers 6 and 7. Number of isotopes in the nature is strictly determined by these two numbers relation, and the essence of Six Days in the Bible is stated by the relation of numbers 6 and 7. The author argues that the attempt of God’s number realization in the work by Njegos is simultaneously astoundingly simple and complex. In the logical spaces and sub-spaces for his poetry, Njegos has expressed the essence of universal logos, that is, universal code of Nature.

      There is a question raised concerning the probability that the bishop could have had such knowledge about relations that would, one century later, be recognized as the most important relation in the chemical genetic code. That is not difficult to understand if “physics” and “chemistry” are regarded as Einstein’s space and time, and if instead of chemical and genetic code, there is space-time code. Therefore, Njegos has explored the essence of relation among space-time and designed his poetical structure that way with basic principle to match every aspect of work with numbers. The system of Njegos’s (6+1) corresponds to the system of the number of isotopes of stable chemical elements. Therefore, the author proves that Njegos must have been aware of this and has analyzed it when choosing the number of acts, characters, verses and the like.

      This book represents a different approach to the poetic work of bishop Njegos. The author observes his verses as mathematical formulae that correspond to Fibonacci Sequence, Golden Mean and universal code of Nature. Not only does this book prove the scientific work of bishop Njegos, but it proves that bishop Njegos was a scientist of the highest rank as well – a great mathematician.