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Worlds in Collision [Paperback]

Immanuel Velikovsky
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Sept. 14 1972 Abacus Books
With this book Immanuel Velikovsky first presented the revolutionary results of his 10-year-long interdisciplinary research to the public - and caused an uproar that is still going on today.

Worlds in Collision - written in a brilliant, easily understandable and entertaining style and full to the brim with precise information - can be considered one of the most important and most challenging books in the history of science. Not without reason was this book found open on Einstein's desk after his death.

For all those who have ever wondered about the evolution of the earth, the history of mankind, traditions, religions, mythology or just the world as it is today, Worlds in Collision is an absolute MUST-READ!

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Immanuel Velikovsky was vilified by the "scientific" community, because he dared give some credence to Biblical accounts and dared to put together historical writing and scientific discoveries -- but most of all because he dared consider the possibility of past catastrophes, when the prevailing orthodox view of geological history was uniformitarian -- a requirement for the theory of evolution.

In subsequent generations, palaeontologists and historical geologists have seen, and acknowledged, incontrovertible evidence of past catastrophes, such as the worldwide one that suddenly killed the dinosaurs. Yet in this same "scientific" community, Velikovsky is still given little if any credence. Of courses, not everything he said has been proven "gospel truth," by any means, but his record is as good or better than many that these people do hold up as great thinkers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an honest evolutionist Sept. 25 2008
By Rick M. Pilotte TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book reads quite well and he is very genuine and forthright in his manner and appraisals of the evidence. He was clearly someone who had done his homework and showed up a lot of other theorists.
He does however missidentify the wandering planet coming from Jupiter as Venus which unfortunatly no doubt branded him as a crackpot...But kudos for him in even daring such a conclusion based on his research into ancient legends. He got very close to what I suspect is the truth in this area...which is far better than any current day geologists would even dare. But clearly this would void Bode's law which showed that the planets have predetermined orbits. For Venus to have been a new planet would have meant every other planet would have had to jump one orbit outward. He suspected that the red spot on Jupiter may have been a spot where Venus was expulsed by; but it's more likely this was a spot in which the largest chunk of the exploded planet (now the asteroid belt) landed.
His ideas on mutations have also been shown to be in error. But otherwise his information in all three of his major works (including Earth in Upheaval and Ages in Chaos) are great sources of honest appraisals of evidence which often conflicted with agendas held to by other theorists.
He upstages geologists so well that his books provided me with break through clues to the recent past. Geologists, paleontologists, Evolutionists and archeologists all must hate this guy because he unwittingly(?) trashed their pet theories about ancient man and their recorded histories, and the earth's RECORDED cataclysmic past. He presented facts that are still hidden away today because of how they destroy present geologic theories. For example he shows just how wrong glaciation dating theories are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Higly worthy of consideration Jan. 28 2008
By Aeneas
Format:Paperback
I sometimes wonder why it is so hard to get books, such as this one and why it is not being reprinted again. This is certainly not a crackpot theory, but a theory that has since found much validation.

Velikovsky back in 1950, when this book was published, proposes that the earth is subject to cometary impact from within the solar system and that these impacts has happened within recorded history. He does an excellent job at showing how impacts that devastated the earth and caused much upheaval has been recorded in many cultures across the planet, from Egypt, South America, Iceland, Mexico, America and many more. It is well documented and one has to admire the work gone into producing this book and getting all the source material to back up the theory, considering that it was written in a time when there was neither internet nor computers. There is much in this book that should be considered seriously, but which has received very little attention from the academic community.

However some have dared to go there and some of what Velikovsky wrote has since been verified. An Astrophysicist Victor Clube wrote in the 1990'ies that the earth goes through cyclical cometary showers and that some major event happens 1 in 4 lifetimes. Likewise other people have built on Velikovsky's work and come out with an interesting cosmological account of the universe, namely the Electric Universe. Still it is on the outskirts of mainstream cosmology and one wonders why as it can potentially add much new understanding.

Another recommended book that deals with the cyclical nature of things and much more is called "The Secret history of the World" by L.Knight-Jadczyk
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WORLDS IN COLLISION is a fascinating, controversial study which posits a cosmic history of planetary cataclysms. According to Immanuel Velikovsky, these epic catastrophes geophysically altered earth, radically affecting even its magnetic polarity and solar orbit. The great MYTHOLOGIES of the world, in particular the story of the Hebrew EXODUS, are cited to substantiate the theory that Venus may have originally been a comet whose near-collision with earth was the Physical Agency (ascribed to God in The Torah/Old Testament)of the terrifying tribulation called THE TEN PALGUES:
Velikovsky provocatively explains from the "bloodying" of the Nile ((ionized dust/ashes; of the ilk a hydrogen bomb explosion would cause)...))to the "Angel of Death's" slaying of Egyptian Firstborns...and billions of others around the world...referring to ancient, now-occult literatures...by poisonous vapors generated by chemical interaction of two very different planetary atmospheres. (According to IV: this terrible night...for the incipient Hebrew Nation, the FIRST PASSOVER...occurred Friday evening on the 13 day of the month. Hence the number 13 is "forever" branded as ominous in our Racial Unconscious!)
WORLDS IN COLLISION abounds in similar essays and stories. The scholarship supporting them is often as astounding. Is it believable? That is: is it Scientifically verifiable? (Is THE BIG BANG? Radical Evolution? Any GUT...Grand Unifying theory?) Is it tenable even? This depends on what readers "ten" (from tenere: to hold-on to; grasp/reach toward comprehension). For any but the most "earth bound" Fox (as Isaiah Berlin might term the disciples of radical scientism) this book is stupendous fun. Who cares if it's "true"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye-Opening Read
First published in 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky wrote the most controversial, eye-opening, and well-written work entitled "Worlds in Collision," which brought forth a notion of a... Read more
Published on March 16 2008 by Zadius Sky
5.0 out of 5 stars Higly worthy of consideration
I sometimes wonder why it is so hard to get books such as this one and why it is not being reprinted again. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2008 by Aeneas
3.0 out of 5 stars your missing the point
all these reveiwers are missing the point of his books.

this is not the only book velikovsky wrote on this subject, he wrote one book based on historical 'evidence' and... Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2006 by Z. Garnett
3.0 out of 5 stars Koo - Koo for Co - Co Puffs! Good clean fun...
This book is a lot of fun, and worth reading. I dont understand all the fuss over its publication however. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Black Flag
1.0 out of 5 stars Velikovsky abandons the scientific method.
There is simply not enough room to refute the ideas concieved by Velikovsky. If you believe in his hypothesis's (remember, a theory has some evidence) then you owe it to yourself... Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by Trent Diamanti
5.0 out of 5 stars What an incredible book!
I've read WORLDS IN COLLISION four times over the past thirty years, and I still think it the most important book I ever read. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by Paul Rosner
1.0 out of 5 stars This guy was a crackpot
Despite what his apologists are saying here, none of his ignorant views have "turned out to be true. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2001 by Rodger Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad science, Bad history
It would take an introductory level physics textbook to fully critique all of the flaws in Velikovsky's astronomical reasoning in this book. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2000 by Archren
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad science, Bad history
It would take an introductory level physics textbook to fully critique all of the flaws in Velikovsky's astronomical reasoning in this book. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2000 by Archren
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