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Among general non-fiction, Worlds in Collision was being outsold by only one book - the Bible. The epicenter of a literary earthquake --N. Y. Times Book Review

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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Worlds in Collision is a special, an extraordinary book - not only by its contents, but also by the response it has received.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigma Ltd; Later Printing edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906833117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906833114
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is among the league of revolutionary books that change the world and add to human knowledge in the true sense. I first read it aged 11 in 1979, in condensed form in the Book Section of the "Reader's Digest" magazine, and it changed and shaped my whole outlook on life. Here I must point out that it isn't an inspirational literary or poetic work on an abstract or moral issue; it is a book on an ingenious theory that predicates several ancient historical and legendary events in Human history upon various changes in the solar system. In other words, it seeks a rational basis for issues regarded as ephemeral and mythical at best. That is what is so remarkable to me about it. Velikovsky postulates that the formation of the planet Venus was an extremely recent event in the history of our Solar System - taking place perhaps only 4000 years ago (the Earth by comparison, was formed 4.5 billion years ago, and the "Big Bang" is said to have taken place about 11 billion years ago). Taking place as it did within the era of Man's recorded history, it should have left many awesome and profound effects upon our Earth, the second closest planet to it, which the ancients would have chronicled and passed down in legend and religious lore. And indeed there are. According to Velikovsky, Venus was "torn out" of Jupiter by the influence of a passing star. It then became a huge molten "comet" which passed by Mars and the Earth, to settle in its present orbit around the sun. Although all this is still conjecture at best, it is revolutionary and ingenious. Velikovsky goes on to offer it as an explaination for several seminal events that took place in Moses' time, when he was leading the Israelites out of Egypt (he himself was a Jew).Read more ›
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This book is worth the effort. Whether a scholar, or a person with a healthy curiosity, this book should stimulate your brain cells. The book does not roll along like a Tom Clancy novel, but it does describe more chaos and destruction than all his novels combined. We're talking "a disaster of Biblical proportions, Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff, fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, rivers and seas boiling, 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, . . . dogs & cats living together, mass hysteria" ("Ghostbusters I" but right on target).
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?
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The abuse that has been heaped on Velikovsky at least since 1950 can be seen in remnant form today in the occasional backhand and unscholarly disrespect, usually no more than a sentence or paragraph. Even scientists with good ethics have done this, perhaps proceeding from their mistaken faith in uniformity and gradualism. Fringe writers tend to be even more vicious, and even less informed about the content of Velikovsky's writings and character, relying on pseudoscientific drivel by certain celebrities best left nameless.

"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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