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Suppose that the 144 triangular faces of the 144 Polyhedron with **216** edges
are divided into their sectors. This creates (3×144=432) triangles with 432 internal sides and
**216** external sides, that is, 648 sides.

Next, suppose that the **216** internal triangles formed by the centre of the
144 Polyhedron and its **216** edges are divided into their (3×**216**=648) sectors
sharing 648 sides. The 74 vertices are the endpoints of 74 sides of triangles, so that there are (648+74=722)
internal sides of triangles. The (432+648=1080) triangles in the 144 Polyhedron have (648+722=1370) sides.
This is the number of yods in the 14 enfolded polygons of the inner Tree of Life when their
94 sectors are divided further into sectors and each sector then turned into a tetractys! This is
remarkable evidence that the 144 Polyhedron is a holistic object that embodies the global properties of the inner
Tree of Life. More evidence is presented in Article 23. It embodies the number 137 that determines as its reciprocal the
approximate value of the fine-structure constant: α = e^{2}/ħc ≈ 1/137. Despite their attempts to unify the forces of nature, this number is regarded by
physicists as a great mystery still because, although electro-weak theory may unify the mathematical
description of the electromagnetic interaction (mediated by photons) and the weak force (mediated by the
W^{±} & Z^{o} particles), it leaves the magnitude of the coupling constant α unexplained even though the theory can relate it
to the coupling constant of the unified electro-weak force. All examples of true sacred geometry are
characterized by the *same* set of parameters. One of them is the number 137, which is embodied in the
inner Tree of Life as the number of tetractyses whose yods is equal to its yod population when its 14 polygons
are constructed from tetractyses. No better example can be given of how the tetractys serves as the template of
sacred geometry, turning it into numbers of universal (and therefore scientific) significance. Here is the Tree of Life basis of this important number whose origin remains unexplained by particle
physics. It is embodied in the very geometry of its inner form!

137 is the 33rd prime number. As the sum of the factorials of 1, 2, 3 & 4, the number 33 is the sum of the numbers of permutations of the four rows of 1, 2, 3 & 4 objects arranged in a tetractys. The full significance of this vis-à-vis the outer & inner forms of the Tree of Life is analysed here and in Article 56.

"Force" and "form" or "wave" and "particle" represent the dualistic aspects of matter. In the
Taoist tradition, they are equivalent to the Yang and Yin aspects of nature. The 144 Polyhedron embodies the number
that determines the strength of the electromagnetic force that creates atoms as electromagnetically bound states of
electrons and their charged nuclei. It is the Yang aspect of the Polyhedral Tree of Life. As will be seen in
**Superstrings as sacred
geometry**, the disdyakis triacontahedron embodies in its geometrical form the number 1680
characterizing the ten whorls of the E_{8}×E_{8} heterotic superstring remote-viewed over a
century ago by the Theosophists Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater (see **Occult Chemistry**). It is the Yin aspect
of the Polyhedral Tree of Life. Its two polyhedral components reflect the fundamental dualism pervading matter
and biological life.

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