Eberhard Wortmann is the only know modern Magister Ludi to have corresponded with Hermann Hesse, who in appreciation of his brilliant work called him a "Glass Bead Game Player:"

"Here it should be mentioned that the Platonic riddle of numbers are actually a question of logical games of thought, "Glass Bead Games", as Hermann Hesse, the great writer and man, had named this kind of mental business." (Eberhard Wortmann, The Law of the Kosmos, p.4)

"The Platonic Riddle of Numbers are Glass Bead Games. 'In the end it depends on the choice of the historian how far back he wants to put the beginning and prehistory of the Glass Bead Game. As an idea we find it already performed in earlier ages, e.g. at Pythagoras. The same eternal Idea was the basis of every movement of the mind towards the ideal goal of a Universitas Litterarum, of every Platonic Academy, of any congregation of a spiritual elite, every attempt to approximate the exact and the free sciences, every attempt to reconcile science and art and the art of science and religion.'" (Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game, Quoted in The Law of the Kosmos, p.4)

Eberhard Wortmann was born in Westfalen, Germany, in 1891. His activities as a merchant led him to visit many different countries, to learn their languages, and to devote himself to an investigation of their Mysticism and historical mysteries. After the loss of his sons and property in World War II, Wortmann became more and more absorbed in the mystical world of numbers and geometrical diagrams. Two passions accompanied him the rest of his life, his love for pictorial art - he produced innumerable water colour paintings - and mathematical games with magic numbers.

Wortmann combined both magnificently in his works on the Platonic number puzzles. In 1955 and 1956 he published "Platons Göttliche Harrmonie" and "Ariston oder die Platonishen Zahlenrätsel". In 1965 the Otto Reichl publishing house in Remagen published " Das Gesetz des Kosmos - Die Platonischen Zahlenrätsel erneut gelöst und dargestellt". He held lectures and conferences in different cities in Germany, leading in 1960, to a correspondence with Hermann Hesse who called Wortmann "a glass bead game player". Wortmann died in Bad Godesberg in 1970. His work: "Der Heilige Krug - Roman eines antiken Mysteriums" has remained unpublished.

Wortmann's works were published in very limited editions in Germany, and have remained to this day almost unknown, though they represent some of the most profound and advanced works on Esoteric Cosmology ever conceived. The color diagram above, and on the top of this page are samples of the innumerable diagrams and paintings he produced, deciphering, for the first time, the mathematical and geometrical codes hidden within Plato's Republic & Timeaus and unveiling the Ancient Cosmological secrets of the Law of the Kosmos. We include them, and very soon will be posting dozens of others as superlative examples of the Glass Beads envisioned by Hermann Hesse.

The Sacred Science Institute is working in conjunction with Wortmann's family to produce English translations of these Masterpieces. Wortmann's works contain hundreds of the most sophisticated diagrams on Sacred Geometry, Pythagorean and Platonic Number Theory, Harmonics and Astronomy ever seen, as well as one of the most intricate elaborating of Universal Order and Kosmic Law known to man. The vast and synthetic thinking process presented in these works inspired a correspondence discussing the GBG between Hesse and Wortmann, which we are attempting to obtain from the original (now defunct) publisher of Hesse's letters (where they were sent for intended but unfulfilled publication), so that they may be translated and posted on this website. Any help in contacting this publisher or Hesse estate would be appreciated.

We wish to express our thanks to Rosmarie and Veronica Mueller-Wortmann, daughter & granddaughter of the author, for access to these books & diagrams, and for their dedication to seeing that Wortmann's important work is not lost to the world.