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Worlds in Collision

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  490 ratings  ·  45 reviews
With this book Immanuel Velikovsky first presented the revolutionary results of his 10-year-long interdisciplinary research to the public, founded modern catastrophism - based on eyewitness reports by our ancestors - shook the doctrine of uniformity of geology as well as Darwin's theory of evolution, put our view of the history of our solar system, of the Earth and of huma ...more
Paperback, 436 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Paradigma Ltd (first published 1950)
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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
Nox Prognatus
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
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
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
Jerry Kimbro
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)
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
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
Phred Padgett
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
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. ...more
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 m ...more
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 "A ...more
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 t ...more
Ian Bar
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
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.
Vrinda Pendred
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'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 s ...more
Nancy Clark
Sep 01, 2010 Nancy Clark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
Dwayne Roberts
If WiC were offered as a work of science fiction, I could rate it higher; but as science fact it's naught but rationalization. Poor rationalization at that.
Kenneth Burr
one of the most influencal books I've ever read. I look at many thing differently then other people just because I've read this book.
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
Amazing, fascinating, dry in places but incredible research and interesting conjecture
R Dean
Explains many things that are otherwise inexplicable. What was before will be again.
Otis Campbell
Whim-wham, ringerangeroo
Venus Fly Trap, I love you
Neil Davies
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.
David Barker
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!
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.
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.
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
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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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