- Paperback: 389 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st edition (August 1, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067181091X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671810917
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading this book gives the open minded reader the opportunity to view the history of the Earth in a completely new way, and some of our favorite mysteries of the past may be decoded in conjunction with Velikovsky's "theories". The scientific discoveries of the 49 years since the book was first published have been very kind to Dr. Velikovsky, but not so kind to scientific dogma of the same period).
Velikovsky dares to read ancient works literally, and to look for proof of their accuracy, even when they appear flawed. If a document states that the sun rose in the west, Velikovsky is willing to search for proof that it did, instead of presuming the text is flawed. Velikovsky's ideas help to unravel mysteries which cannot be decoded until we are willing to challenge the scientific dogma which presumes that ancient documents are incorrect whenever they disagree with our perceptions of what they ought to say.
Will Stonehenge be forever a mystery, because theories that it was built as an astrological computer are dashed by the fact that present planetary orbits do not fit its alignment?Read more ›
"Worlds In Collision" was published first of Velikovsky's books -- essays, and a couple of booklets preceded it -- yet it was the last product of a line of research which began with his study of Freud's "Moses and Monotheism". Had the publication been delayed, it is possible that "Ages In Chaos" would have been better received, and the catastrophic background referred to without being revealed until years had passed. It is perhaps the greatest scholarly "what if" of the 20th century.
Accordingly, I would recommend reading "Ages In Chaos" and the related volumes, as well as "Earth In Upheaval" and "Stargazers and Gravediggers" before reading "Worlds In Collision". Avoid synopses, and don't believe most of what you've read about the book or the author. The reason for the reading of the revised chronology first is to understand the framework better. Velikovsky himself made the mistake of accepting the supposed massive eruption of Thera as the source of the Atlantis legend, as well as its place in the conventional chronology (Edwin M. Schorr pointed this out in a letter to KRONOS years ago).
If you enjoyed Sitchin, Bauval, and certain other writers, you will not only enjoy "Worlds In Collision", you'll probably rid yourself of those others' works.
See also Velikovsky's other works (new and used), Ryan and Pitman's "Noah's Flood", Mary Settegast's "Plato Prehistorian", and Robert Schoch's "Voices of the Rocks".
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As in all of Velikovsky's writings, he attempts to give us, the interested reader, a view of the active, and chaotic cosmos which we inhabit on a spaceship we call earth. Read morePublished 9 days ago by T. Martin Koller
I was able to read about half the book recently on my new Kindle. As a scientist I find it quite amazing. Read morePublished 16 days ago by durbandon
I read this a long time ago and I am amazed that it is not going away in spite of the violent attacks from science. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Taz Jackson
I first heard of Velikovsky from Carl Sagan. Sagan's Demon Haunted World (DHW) book is one of my favorites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Benjamin B. Brink
I don't believe the picture he has tried to paint is clear but Velikovsky has opened a whole new vista of science that shakes the foundations of modern scientific thought and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by William D. King