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.
Should be standard reading for all students of Cosmology Astronomy Physics and Theology. It is still a very important book of modern science that the "Main Stream" continue... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book in 1968 when I was in college. I always felt that what I was learning was suspect. Velikovsky was at the start of my seeking the truth. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Richard Collins
Immanuel Velikovsky does a great job at examining the historic records to prove that humanity has gone through major upheavels in the past. Read morePublished 1 month ago by George F. Brass
If you are ready for a bigger story about the human
experience and the human mind, currently, and, in a few
snapshots of ancient time, then invest time, energy, curiosity... Read more
Amazing. If dozens, or hundreds of cultures world-wide have creation stories and "mythologies" about all of these cataclysmic events, then it certainly follows that they... Read morePublished 2 months ago by drummerman
Brilliantly interesting and enlightening, makes me wonder why this is not "public knowledge".Published 3 months ago by JP Louw
Author posits a world wide catastrophe caused by a close pass by a comet (later to become the planet Venus), at the time of the Exodus: approx. 1500 BC. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joe Keenan
Good introduction to Velikovsky's ideas. I still take it with a grain of salt, but fascinating nonetheless.Published 3 months ago by Jeffri D Smith