- Mass Market 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 (212 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Worlds in Collision Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1977
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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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Velikovsky's earthshaking conclusions in this book are slowly being verified, including the fact that Venus is much hotter than it should be if it was just an ordinary planet as... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Shelley Isom
great research, I have to research more, these events explain why there were all these underground cities all over the world, if people that studied the stars knew that repeating... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jeffrey gedney
Atruly great book. Read it many years ago and just bought a copy for a GranddaughterPublished 2 months ago by Jim Beattie.
I have read this book five or six times, plus the next two books in Velikovsky's trilogy. It's no wonder the scientific establishment (including Carl Sagan) ridiculed and attacked... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Weez