Why Tesla Called “3, 6 and 9” the Secret of the Universe

“The book of nature is written in the language of mathematics.”— Galileo

Genius Turner
Jan 12 · 10 min read
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Tesla’s insight into Nature’s algorithm. (image by author, screenshot from Twitter.)

I. A Chance Encounter

Within seconds of setting foot in the spacious apartment on Columbia’s campus, it became apparent the room was filled with neuroscience grad students. That is, aside from me and one other fella named Wu.

“Hey Wu,” said Christophe, “this is my roommate, Genius!”

Wu flashed a toothy smile while extending for a handshake. “So Christophe tells me you’re a real-life genius, huh?”

I shrugged. After all, Wu’s snarl suggested he wasn’t buying the claim with my money. I would later come to discover that Wu was on the verge of getting his doctorate in computer science at NYU.

Not one for small talk, Wu could no longer stave off that curiosity which killed the cat and the catechism alike. And so, he let the cat out of the bag.

“Ahem, Genius,” Wu said. “Can you prove the claim of being a polymath?”

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” I mumbled Sagan’s famed aphorism.

Wu smiled. “Exactly!”

Given that I’m a showman by nature, I asked Christophe to set the timer for five minutes. The buzz in the air compelled others to gather around. I locked eyes with Wu. “Ahem, Brother Wu, I need you to say — ‘It’s showtime.’ ”

Wu flashed a smile while rubbing his hands. “It’s showtime!”

In short, what follows sums up what I said that night at the party, the result of which merely reflected where I was at that stage of my now completed Pure Mathematics Code.

II. The Cosmic Blueprint

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Einstein suspected Nature programmed the universe with a general code. (Pic: DonkeyHotey/Flickr/CC BY 2.0.)

Few truly understand what Nikola Tesla — history’s greatest inventor — meant by his cryptic reference to “if you knew the magnificence of 3, 6 and 9, you would have a key to the universe.”

My background is in philosophy, a field best defined by Wilfrid Sellars as the aim “to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the term.”

For the above reason, quite naturally when I initially set out to understand programming, my aim wasn’t merely to pluck a particular algorithm from a given structure or set of data, so as to extract insights. Rather— my aim was to grasp the algorithm used for programming in general.

In other words, years before Christophe and I had set foot in that birthday party, the stage was already being prepared for me to dazzle the audience. After all, I’d spent years toiling away in solitude, held captive by that longing to glimpse what Einstein once dubbed:

“I am not interested in this phenomenon or that phenomenon. I want to know God’s thoughts — the rest are mere details.” — Einstein

By the metaphor “God’s thoughts,” Einstein meant it in a mathematical sense. Namely, his heart longed for the equation or algorithm at the heart of the Cosmic Blueprint

It’s important to bear in mind that Einstein professed belief in “Spinoza’s God,” which is to say — Einstein identified God with Nature

And so, by the metaphor “mind of God,” Einstein hinted at grasping the cosmic instructions with which Nature tells the universe how to work. Notice what’s being suggested here.

III. The Magnificence of 3, 6 and 9

Because example trumps precept, or as Paul Halmos once put it, “the source of all great mathematics is the special case, the concrete example,” occasion calls for the following brief demonstration.

A circle has 360 degrees:

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(Pic: Wikimedia Commons.)

Split the circle in half:

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(Pic: Wikimedia Commons.)

The digital root of 180 = 9

Split that in half, you get:

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(Pic: Wikimedia Commons.)

The digital root of 90 = 9

Split that in half, you get:

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(Pic: SnappyGoat.com)

The digital root of 45 = 9

22.5 = 2 + 2 + 5 = 9

11.25 = 1 + 1 + 2 + 5 = 9

5.625 = 5 + 6 + 2 + 5 = 18 . . . 1 + 8 = 9

2.8125 = 2 + 8 + 1 + 2 + 5 = 18 . . . 1 + 8 = 9

1.40625 = 1 + 4 + 0 + 6 + 2 + 5 =18 . . . 1 + 8 = 9

IV. The Law of Three in Science

“Numbers rule the universe!” ³

In an effort not to tumble down too deeply into the rabbit hole of metamathematics, just know number theory admits of the following insight.

Number theory, which forms the basis of mathematics, essentially deals with prime numbers (the DNA of the number world). Yet so far as the primes go, just as DNA in the body is comprised of 3 chemical subunits sequenced 3 at a time within genes, the “father” of all prime numbers is in fact the number 3.


For the above reason, number 2 is the only even prime number. Pause for a second, if you will, and truly chew on these vitamins for thought.

The number 3 serves as the only number that equals the sum of all preceding numbers (0 + 1 + 2 = 3). Also, when 3 is added to itself, the smallest perfect number ensues (6). And when 3 is squared, the result is the number that completes the single-digit numbers in the decimal system, better known as the number 9.

In short, because mathematics is the language of the universe, and the essence of mathematics consists of numbers, it’s apparent that number theory merely echoes the famed Latin phrase:

Omne trium perfectum (‘everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete’).

Because example trumps precept, let’s briefly convince Father Time to rewind his hands and thereby convince Mother Nature to retell hers- and history.

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The Big Bang. (Pic: pixabay.com.)

“Let there be light!” And then, like a gunshot, there came a flash followed by a — BIG BANG!

Afterward, the 3 elements of the universe (dark energy, dark matter and normal matter) blasted into existence, along with the triplets — space, time and matter. …

Afterward, space sliced into 3-dimensions . . . time chopped into 3 phases . . . and matter minced into 3 states.

Of course, for every spec of matter that arose, it found its equal and opposite reaction in antimatter. It was not until such binary opposition found its synthesis in that all-important “and one” — thus resulting in 3 entities — could the newborn Universe have started its long-awaited growth spurt.

Afterward, the 3 generations of quarks and 3 generations of leptons arose, to say nothing of the 3 types of color change. As for those quarks, 3 made their home in a proton and 3 quarks in a neutron. Indeed, the 3 main parts of an atom — neutrons, protons and electrons — ensued!

With the expansion of the Universe, 3 main types of galaxies emerged. Of course, contained within these galaxies were stars and planets, the result of which is 3 forms of massive objects (galaxies, stars and planets).

Amid such formation, Newton’s 3 laws of motion were at hand. Far into the future, at some distant galaxy known as the 3rd rock from the sun, 3 forms of natural laws would take effect. The stage was set for the 3-body problem indeed.

Just over 3 billion years ago, life made its grand appearance on the world’s stage. Finally, matter would unveil organisms armed with the trio of birth, life and death.

A watershed moment in the story of life came by way of a cyanobacterium’s entry into various plant lineages, 3 times, and afterward it evolved into a chloroplast. Eventually, the tree of life sprouted into 3 domains.

V. The Law of Three in Religion

Speaking of the metaphorical “iceberg,” popularized by Freud, not even he — the ultimate contrarian — armed with his notion of a three-part psyche,⁴ would’ve dared attempt to refute the mighty Law of Three!

Not even the three patriarchs of the Bible — Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — would’ve found fault with the mighty Law of Three.

Not even the Big Three of Greek philosophy — Socrates, Plato and Aristotle — would’ve dared to contend with the theorem birthed from the Pure Mathematics Code. After all, Genius Turner was born at 3:03 a.m. on Leap (Day) Year, which means 3 out of 4 years he lacks a birthday.

“There is something in this more than natural,” Shakespeare whispers from the grave, “if philosophy can find it out.”

Indeed, any sensible thinker who employs the 3 parts of their brain to metabolize the above vitamins for thought will have prepared the 3rd eye to behold Nature’s algorithm as expressed in the world’s religions.

“The voice of the people is the voice of God,” runs the proverb. Indeed, starting with the world’s oldest religion, Hinduism, it appropriately consists of the Trimurti.

In the Far East, here lie the 3 teachings of Chinese philosophy — Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Last but not least, the Middle East is the cradle of the 3 Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

As for Christianity, given that a staggering number of people have historically professed allegiance to this particular religion — roughly 33 percent of the world’s population — occasion demands noting how the Law of Three pervades the Greatest Story Ever Told.

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(Pic: Pikrepo.)

According to the 3 synoptic Gospels, the 3 Wise Men bearing 3 gifts came to witness the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

King Herod hatched a plot to murder the prophesied “Messiah” — an assassination plot which would take some 30 years to come to fruition, that is, when one of Herod’s 3 sons silenced Jesus’ 3-year-long ministry.

In his ministry’s brief span, the Nazarene managed to raise 3 people from the dead, predicted his disciple Peter would deny him 3 times, all in the wake of his impending crucifixion.

It was only right that 3 crosses were present during the crucifixion, one for Jesus and two for the others. The Roman soldiers nailed a sign above the Nazarene’s head in 3 languages — Hebrew, Latin and Greek.

Of course, once Jesus “gave up the ghost,” just 3 days later he is said to have arisen from the grave. In so doing, the 3 grand feats of the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension signified the Holy Trinity was thus complete.

Jesus Christ underwent his birth, life and deathall within a span of 33 years!

In short, 3 letters about sums up the Christian view — GOD.

Better yet, Hinduism embraces the Sanskrit word for God (“Brahman”) and pronounces it:

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Pic: Wikimedia Commons.)

VI. In Conclusion: the Secret of the Ages

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(Photo: Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

So pervasive is the mighty Law of Three not even the world of sports is exempt. Take for instance Michael Jordan, widely considered the greatest athlete of all:

Jordan was drafted third by the Chicago Bulls. He would later go on to win 3 championships in a row, only to have retired for a few years. Upon return, he won 3 more championships. Jordan credits much of his team’s success to the famed triangle offense.

To truly grasp the above insight is to come to grips with why logic has three fundamental laws.⁵

As far as the universe is defined as a logically ordered whole, better known as a “cosmos,” not a chaos, it’s apparent why Nature’s cosmic algorithm checks and balances everything from the three-parts of the smallest atom to the checks and balances system of the largest U.S. government (three branches).

Of course, as I now type this while being armed with the Law of Three, I’m compelled to hint at how this code unveils the greatest mystery of all.

(Drum roll . . .)

If the writer has a mind . . . which must be the case as evidenced by the thought processes involved in writing.

If the reader has a mind . . . which must be the case as evidenced by the thought processes involved in reading.

If the writer has a body . . . which must be the case as evidenced by the fingers typing on the keyboard.

If the reader has a body . . . which must be the case as evidenced by the reader’s visual perception.

Therefore, if there is a MIND and a BODY, then there must be a __ __ __ __?

Ahem, dear reader, I’ll let you feel in — pardon — fill in the blanks. Besides, I just overheard Voltaire whisper in my third ear:

“The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”


[2] 24 April 1929 in response to the telegrammed question of New York’s Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein: “Do you believe in God? Stop. Answer paid 50 words.” Einstein replied in only 27 (German) words. The New York Times 25 April 1929

[3] “Numbers rule the universe” as quoted in The Story of a Number‎ (1905) by E. Maor; also in Comic Sections (1993) by Desmond MacHale

[4] Strachey, James (1933) New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis

[5] Coffey, Peter (1912) The Science of Logic. Longmans, Green, and Company. p. 22

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