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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 humanity on a completely new basis - 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-listen!

©2009 Shulamit V. Kogan and Ruth V. Sharon (P)2020 Tantor

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Thought provoking but in places flawed

Appreciated the argument that the Chronicles of the ancients across different civilisations provided a compelling argument for actual events that run counter to some current cosmological views. Also appreciated that it was disingenious to think that these peoples could have mistaken a year for 360 days as they would have seen the seasons and sun markers cycle back through their 360 day year. Anyone who uses a lunar calendar, even for religious observences, knows this. However the conflation of the pre-Islamic Arab's beliefs in Lat and Uzza (and their planetary associations) with Islam was an embarrassing glaring error which could shake confidence of a reader in the rest of the book (which would be unfortunate). Towards the end of the book the author expresses a view of the Isrealites developing from Polytheism to Monotheism and could have considered, or clarified whether this was part of a longer cycle, namely an ancient monotheism, that descended into polytheism, and then returned to Monotheism. Whether you agree with the book wholly, in parts, or totally disagree with it, it is worth a listen to them have an informed view.

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  • 04-10-20

Every student should be required to read this book

This man could write almost as well as he could research. Finding him, even 70 years too late has answered questions I didn't know I had!

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  • 28-11-20

very good

hearing velikovski in an English accent was a little odd, but i rather enjoyed it.