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Worlds in Collision Paperback – October 1, 2009
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It is more fascinating reading than anything to be found on any fiction table. It is absolutely original and convincing. --Pittsburgh Press
This book has literally shaken the thinking world to its foundations. Not since Darwin's Origin of Species has there been advanced an idea so original, controversial, and stupendous in its implications. --Miami Herald
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It is one of the few scientific books of the past centuries that have a direct profound importance for humanity - individuals and society alike. In fact it is a book that puts our present view of the world on a whole new fundament - not in some abstract specialized disciplines remote from practical life, but in a broad range of areas like astronomy, cosmology, physics, geology, paleontology, biology, history, archaeology, literature, ethnology, theology, mythology, psychology; and in addition it has an important influence on the way man sees himself individually and socially.
It is the first time in centuries that a scientist didn't choose the direct way to his specialized colleagues in order to make the results of his research known, but addressed himself to the general public in a simple and clear language and presentation - for which he was harshly punished by the scientific establishment.
It is exactly this reaction from representatives of the "objective" sciences - that even match some medieval practices - which shows that this book deeply shakes the foundations of our knowledge - and belief. Because of this book being so special, it has deeply penetrated the consciousness of many people. Others however have preferred to forget it - or at least would like to do so. Due to this purposeful oblivion a younger generation doesn't even know about it any more, although today - almost 60 years after its first publication - it hasn't become less of a subject. On the contrary due to new results of scientific research and recent geological and climatic developments its importance has even increased. This, too, is something special in the flood of today's short-lived literary and scientific `flash in the pans'.
It is important for everyone of us and for science at large to deal with this book. Therefore we are happy to take upon ourselves the responsible task of making the complete works of Immanuel Velikovsky - not just this book - available to the public again in its unchanged form. Publishing this book - and this unfortunately also is something special for non-fiction - has required a fair amount of courage, which we proudly and consciously muster up.
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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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 5 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 12 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 15 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