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Worlds in Collision

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Worlds in Collision is a book written by Immanuel Velikovsky and first published on April 3, 1950. The book proposed that around the 15th century BCE, Venus was ejected from Jupiter as a comet or comet-like object, and passed near Earth (an actual collision is not mentioned). The object changed Earth's orbit and axis, causing innumerable catastrophes which were mentioned ...more
Mass Market, Pocket Book, 389 pages
Published March 1st 1977 by Doubleday & Company (first published 1950)
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Vishal
Dec 03, 2014 Vishal rated it did not like it
Well, the fact that this book of pseudo-science has respectable ratings and fairly positive reviews here, it appalls me. It makes the the ignorance and mysticism in general populace very evident that they, after failing to understand Science and scientific methods, have embraced the fantasy of pseudo-science which gives them the grandeur and connection with the cosmos which every human seeks.

In this book, author claims an explanation of the biblical events of Exodus; which include the Earth stan
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Nox Prognatus
Jun 24, 2012 Nox Prognatus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some of the previous reviews before reading myself. And whilst most were positive, there were some negative comments left by readers. Some even suggested this was a work of science fiction. Well my reply to those reviews is as follows....

I thought this was an excellently researched book. And while some of his theories seem, at first difficult to grasp. The reader has to be clear that Velikovsky was using hundreds of ancient texts, to formulate his theory and put forward as evidence his th
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Lyrae
Apr 09, 2013 Lyrae rated it it was amazing
I was compelled to read Worlds in Collision as it is the single piece of work that has inspired the work of the electric universe group, something that I follow with much interest. While the members of this group don't completely agree with all of Velikovsky's ideas the premise served as a springboard to launch new investigations into the electric model of the universe and new interpretations of mythology and its roots in catastrophe.

As I write this review, I must also add that I read Earth in
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Kerie
The first time I read about this book in Vine Deloria's work, I was kind of skeptical about it. After all, our science is very dogmatic and treated like a religion and stuff is crammed into our heads all our lives as gospel that has no real research or truth behind it, but it's SCIENCE so it's supposedly true.

This book actually kind of blew my mind. Even if it is not accurate (and the evidence presented makes a really compelling argument in favor of its veracity), the errors in our "superior mod
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Jerry Kimbro
Jul 29, 2012 Jerry Kimbro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Worlds in Collison is an unusual and controversial book and has been since it was published in the 1950's, Velikovsky was one of the first to challenge mainstream scince with his controversal theories of Catastrophism- or the theory that the Earth has been affected in the past by sudden, short-lived, violent events, possibly worldwide in scope. Before that the theory was one of Uniformitarianism. This view holds that the present is the key to the past, and that all things continue as they were ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 28, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars over this book. There is little chance that the scientific claims in this book will find anymore favor in the future than in the past...but it's a good read. You may think it's tripe or you may say wow there could be something to this (though the scientific community would disagree with you) but whatever you think you'll find this an interesting even fascinating read. Like Chariots of the Gods you agree or not but the read's okay.

The storm over this book was so
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Douglas
Mar 28, 2014 Douglas rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. The idea that there were major catastrophic events that lead to many of the world myths is extremely fascinating. A lot of science has occurred in the sixty five or so years since the book was first written. It is a shame that there was not much, if any, efforts by the academic community to explore more these concepts. The authors citation methods make it hard to corroborate his sources and the author refers to texts that are no longer extant. All of this tends to ...more
Joy
Jan 01, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
Velikovsky's first book demonstrates that neither Earth nor our solar system is permanently stable. Scientists of the 19th century found it reassuring to consider it so, and they overturned all then-current theories based on the evidence of upended geologic strata, impact craters and quick-frozen mammoths. Ancient descriptions of moving mountains were dismissed as exaggerations, and detailed astronomical records that don't match today's planetary movements were condemned as ignorant.

Today, of co
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Charles
Aug 01, 2009 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
the book is touted as nonfiction and it may have been written that way. But believe me, it's SF. First off, of course, the details of the book are just not true. There's no doubt that there have been planetary collisions in our solar system's history. That's how the solar system formed. But many of the more dramatic speculations are just wild. Still, the book is interesting and kind of a compelling read. It also, as I understand it, inspired the pretty good novels of "When Worlds Collide" and ...more
Katrinka
Jun 12, 2015 Katrinka rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a high score for pure pleasure in reading, and in witnessing someone being able to draw together global mythologies into a coherent narrative. As for the science/actual believability of it all? No clue, and I'm a born skeptic– but I'll admit, it was a really fun read.
Owen Spencer
Oct 23, 2016 Owen Spencer rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I've ever read. Worlds in Collision has greatly changed (i.e., improved) the way I think about and understand biblical prophecy, biblical language, ancient history, mythology, and astronomy. It is an utterly fascinating, compelling, and powerful work of scholarship. Worlds in Collision presents an unforgettable and brilliant synthesis of ideas and data from widely diverse disciplines. Even if some details are incorrect, the overall message remains potent. I applaud ...more
Lorenzo Molossi
Jul 14, 2016 Lorenzo Molossi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mundos em Colisão de Immanuel Velikovsky é facilmente uma das melhores coisas que já aconteceram em papel (ou mesmo em papel digital). Sua revisão da história antiga através de mitologia comparada produz uma das teorias mais cativantes e esmagadoras sobre a mecânica celeste de todos os tempos, e tudo se encaixa lindamente. Como se este trabalho inovador e complexo por si só não fosse importante o suficiente, o que aconteceu após a publicação do livro foi ainda mais importante: ele foi ...more
Ian Bar
Oct 27, 2014 Ian Bar rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work by Velikovsky. His new paradigm for the changes in the layout of our solar system, which according to him took place very recently, I found intriguing. Velikovsky looked at ancient texts from 1400 BC and approximately 800 BC revealing observations of the celestial sky that demonstrated close contact with Venus and Mars. These close contacts Earth had with these two celestial bodies explains the catastrophes of not only what took place during the Exodus, but ...more
Jarrell
Jun 27, 2016 Jarrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind=blown. Definitely not light reading, this is a potential game changer. I found it severely enlightening. Velikovsky presents us with the notion that, in aeons past, planets collided and came within the orbit of each other, which resulted in global catastrophes, metamorphoses, and phenomena, some of which we see the remnants of today. The information he highlights in this book he provides evidence for, by consistently verifying his points with biblical passages (now interpreted ...more
Donna
Apr 09, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
Immanuel Velikovsky is a physicist, and his writing talks about how certain biblical events happened in scientific terms, and what people of the day experienced as far as planetary movement, the planets Mars, Venus, and the Moon, and their elliptical orbits, and the formation of the current calendar. His books series a vast time period of planetary upheaval and earth related changes during those times--earthquakes, floods, asteroids hitting earth, solar flares, volcanic eruptions, and the fact ...more
Phred Padgett
Jul 26, 2008 Phred Padgett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
I first read an excerpt of this book in the Colliers magazine in 1949. It haunted me. Then, when we took Mark to WSU, there was the book in the bookshop! I bought it! His three major books put new light/ideas onto space, earth and history, making sense of the clues left from all ages. He was the first (NOT Carl Sagan!!) to predict Venus to be hot, in the age when we still believed it to be similar to earth. He shows reasons, through the myths and legends of ancient peoples who also tried to make ...more
Yota
Apr 17, 2015 Yota rated it really liked it
There is plenty of "awkward" historical evidence supporting Velikovskian ideas which routinely get swept under the rug. Ancient astronomer-priests recording erratic movements of planets? No way, they were primitive half-monkeys who didn't know how to count days or use a fixed point of reference, such as a TREE!

On the other hand, some of his other arguments are just embarrassing, particularly his reading of myths. Conflicts between imaginary characters are cited as evidence of planetary catastrop
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Nancy Clark
Sep 01, 2010 Nancy Clark rated it liked it
Recommended to Nancy by: nancy@thinknancy.com
I just couldn't make myself finish this book---read a few chapters in though. I tried because I had such an interesting and enlightening 2 hr. conversation (really mostly listened and learned) with an unusually kind and patient couple that I had just met---a retired NASA space engineer and his wife who both had such a memory for details, a lot of which they had learned through reading Velikovsky. They really encouraged me to read him as well. I don't know if it's because I do most of my reading ...more
Albert Meier
Aug 13, 2015 Albert Meier rated it really liked it
The concept is fascinating: What if all the similarities in ancient tales are derived from specific cosmological events? It's an intriguing hypothesis and Velikovsky amasses mountains of anecdotal evidence to support his position.

That being said, I'm not convinced. Among the ancient texts he used were the prophetic writing of the Old Testament (Isaiah, Amos, etc.). I'm familiar enough with these to be critical of his understanding and use of isolated passages. It makes me wonder if the other so
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Andrew
Apr 14, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it
I read about this book in a copy of "Cosmos" magazine and thought "That title sounds familiar." on investigation I found it in my grandfather's bookcase. while the book at its release was surrounded by controversy, and presents a theory that is very hard to swallow, you have to respect the author for his creativity and sheer persistence. The hours that must have gone into researching and writing this book is astonishing. While the book is a bit of a slog to get through, I'm glad I read it, as it ...more
Vrinda Pendred
Jan 10, 2014 Vrinda Pendred rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
FASCINATING. And very convincing...until the ending. I wish these writers wouldn't get so reductionist. There was so much evidence for his ideas up to that point. When it got into the angels bit, I just thought...you've lost me. There's no evidence for this. You're just trying to find a way to make every story fit into your theory. But what's wrong with saying once people moved beyond a certain point in time, they changed tracks and these other stories we have from that later period comes from ...more
David
Feb 07, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I noticed with interest recently that nomad planets are now thought by mainstream science to be quite numerous. Velikovsky's idea that Venus was ejected by Jupiter may be nonsense, but much of the rest of this work seems fairly coherent to me. Venus may have had an extremely high velocity and had a slight, skimming impact with Jupiter, or perhaps the entire idea is nonsense: I don't think it's possible to know for sure at the moment.
David Barker
Nov 20, 2013 David Barker rated it really liked it
Although I don't agree with everything Velikovsky wrote in this book, it is a real eye-opener in terms of awakening the world of science to some alternate possibilities for the way things might have happened. I found it engaging and very interesting. For those willing to consider a catastrophic approach to world history, rather than the very popular uniformitarian view, this book set the stage, and even though it was written many years ago, is well worth a read!
Ira Bauman
Jul 11, 2016 Ira Bauman rated it it was amazing
Very thought provoking. V was lambasted as a pseudo scientist when he published this after decades of being a respected scientist. Only years later was the Catastrophe theory used to explain the demise of the dinosaurs. His theory was justified and it would be interesting to know how much more of his ideas will be proven true in the future.
Chris
Sep 05, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
Taking into account this was written in the 1940s and Velikovksy was right on so many things he predicted about the solar system this is a fascinating read about how Earth was created and nearly destroyed by the vast comet that eventually became Venus. He's got a background in psychology too and there is some insight to how mankind has dealt with this terrifying event. Highly recommneded read.
Dave
Jan 12, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it
Fascinating scientific explanation of how the sun actually did "stand still" as reported in the Old Testament, with overwhelming confirming evidence from cultures around the world. Much more than this, a revolutionary new view of the geological history.
wally
Jul 21, 2013 wally rated it liked it
Shelves: velikovsky
heh!...voting on a list...books you are embarrassed if others see them on your shelf?....and this one is there...one i read years ago...no clear idea of what "years" means for certain, other than anywhere from 10-25 years ago.
Cameron
May 23, 2012 Cameron rated it it was amazing
this amazing book helped to change my entire world view. Uniformatarianism can not be accurate, therefor I am now a Catastrophist, which CERTAINLY leaves room for the Creator. You will never look at the night sky the same way after this book
Neil Davies
Jun 06, 2014 Neil Davies rated it really liked it
Not the easiest read ever but fascinating. I think his reasoning is, at times, seriously flawed and he hasn't convinced me but he puts up a good argument with lots of evidence from ancient writings, if you take them literally. Very interesting and does make you think if nothing else.
Steve Tretiakow
Jun 22, 2009 Steve Tretiakow rated it really liked it
great book about ancient catastrophic events of biblical proportion seen as naturalistic occurances, this book was found open on einsteins desk at the time of his death
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Immanuel Velikovsky was a Russian-born American independent scholar, best known as the author of a number of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history, in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision, published in 1950. Earlier, he played a role in the founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and was a respected psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

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