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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Numerology is any of many systems, traditions or beliefs in a mystical or esoteric relationship between numbers and physical objects or living things.

Popular culture

Numerology is a popular plot device in fiction. It can range from a casual item for comic effect, such as in an episode titled The Seance of the 1950s TV sitcom I Love Lucy, where Lucy dabbles in numerology, to a central element of the storyline, such as the movie π, in which the protagonist meets a numerologist searching for hidden numerical patterns in the Torah. The movie The Number 23, starring Jim Carrey, was based on the mystery of the number 23. In the DC comics maxi-series "52", the number 52 repeatedly appears as hints to the overall plot.

The idea of numerology is included in the opening of Geoffrey Hill's 2011 collection 'Clavics'. The opening lines of the poem read: 'Bring torch for Cabbalah brand new treatise, / Numerology also makes much sense, / O Astraea!

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