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Worlds in Collision by Immanuel Velikovsky

Worlds in Collision (1950)

by Immanuel Velikovsky

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Pseudoscientific nonsense. Back in the 1950s, it was understandable that the gullible and ignorant could be taken in by this ridiculous work. That some people still are is inexcusable, now that the wealth of scientific knowledge is available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. ( )
3 vote danielx | Jun 25, 2016 |
Fun to read but pretty obviously wrong. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
I'm giving this a high score for pure pleasure in reading, and in witnessing someone being able to draw together global mythologies into a coherent narrative. As for the science/actual believability of it all? No clue, and I'm a born skeptic– but I'll admit, it was a really fun read. ( )
1 vote KatrinkaV | Jun 12, 2015 |
Not the easiest read ever but fascinating. I think his reasoning is, at times, seriously flawed and he hasn't convinced me but he puts up a good argument with lots of evidence from ancient writings, if you take them literally. Very interesting and does make you think if nothing else. ( )
1 vote nwdavies | Aug 21, 2014 |
Worlds in Collision is a controversial book in which Immanuel Velikovsky argues that myths and legends from the worlds ancient cultures, suggest that the Earth has been subjected to global planetary catastrophes. By comparing ancient texts, Velikovsky argues that many cultures described the same cosmic scenarios, for example, that dozens of traditions describe the planet Venus as having once looked like a comet.

Before publication, scientists threatened the original publisher, Macmillan, with a boycott, resulting in the books transfer to Doubleday. Other scientists criticized the book as being unscientific (it's a history book!), though many boasting that they had not read it, with the irony being lost.

In 1974, the AAAS organized a conference on Velikovsky's work, which was widely reported as successfully demolishing the theories. Proponents disagreed. For example, Dr. Robert Jastrow of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies wrote: "Professor [Carl] Sagan's calculations, in effect, ignore the law of gravity. Here, Dr. Velikovsky was the better astronomer."

Worlds in Collision tends to polarize people. Velikovsky certainly erred in some of his predictions, but others were surprisingly accurate, eg. (a) that the Earth has been subject to catastrophes (b) Venus would be found to be hot (c) Jupiter would be found to emit radio noise. While other prediction are apparently bunkum (eg. Venus was once a comet), it is interesting that NASA's Pioneer Venus Orbiter discovered that Venus has a tail (see New Scientist).

More details can be found at the Velikovsky Encyclopedia ( )
1 vote veligood | Nov 22, 2008 |
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Worlds in Collision is a book of wars in the celestial sphere that took place in historical times. In these wars the planet earth participated too. This book describes two acts of a great drama: one that occurred thirty-four to thirty-five centuries ago, in the middle of the second millennium before the present era; the other in the eighth and the beginning of the seventh century before the present era, twenty-six centuries ago. Accordingly, this volume consists of two parts, preceded by a prologue.
The historical-cosmological story of this book is based on the evidence of historical texts of many peoples around the globe.

The night side of Venus radiates heat because Venus is hot.

Then there are physical problems [..] the theory of cosmic catastrophism can, if required to do so, conform with the celestial mechanics of Newton
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Mass Market Paperback: 389 pages Publisher: Pocket; 1st edition (August 1, 1977) Language: English

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