Sunt deja client
Am uitat parola
Sunt client nou
Creaza Cont
Landmarks in the History of Science » Physics-Astronomy » First Edition, First Printing - Worlds in Collision [The Velikovsky Affair], Macmillan, 1950, Signed and Inscribed by Author

First Edition, First Printing - Worlds in Collision [The Velikovsky Affair], Macmillan, 1950, Signed and Inscribed by Author

Autor: Immanuel Velikovsky
Cod: 7754
In stoc: Da

Detalii produs

''I was compelled by logic and by evidence to penetrate into so many premises of the house of science. I freely admit to having repeated fires, though the candle in my hand was carried only for illumination."


         Immanuel Velikovsky

Immanuel Velikovsky was one of the greatest scientists of modern times. However, he fell victim to one of the most intense slander campaign since the Middle Ages. 

Immanuel Velikovsky first presented the results of his decade of interdisciplinary research on the basis of modern catastrophicity - based on eyewitness reports by our ancestors i.e. ''myth'' - and shook the doctrine of uniformity of geology as well as Darwin's theory of evolution. Earth altering the nature and development of the solar system, Earth and humanity on a new basis - which faces continuing backlash. For a definative reason: there is veracity in his models. Worlds in Collision - in a brilliant, digestible and entertaining style with precise information.

''Declaring that of the five worst of mankind, the 'genius maniac' is the most potent killer, he [Dr. Harlow Shapley, Director of the Harvard Observatory] suggested genius could be controlled by killing off, in the infancy; 'all primates that show any evidence of promise of genius, or even talent.' His drastic remedy was made in speech to the American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS] in Boston, Mass. Members elected him president for 1947.'' 

        Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Jan 9.1947

See the Shapley's scientific record: https: //

''Harmony or stability in the celestial and terrestrial spheres is the point of departure of the present-day concept of the world as expressed in the celestial mechanics of Newton and the theory of evolution of Darwin. This book is a heresy if these two men of science are sacrosanct. However, modern physics, of atoms and of the quantum theory, describes dramatic changes in the microcosm-the athom-the prototype of the solar system; a theory then, that imagines dissimilar events in the macrocosm - the solar system - brings the concepts of physics to the celestial sphere. 
This book is written for the instructed and uninstructed alike. No formula and no hieroglyphic will stand in the way of those who set out to read it. It should be remembered that it is lawful for the purpose of law and not for the sake of law.''

Immanuel Velikovsky, Preface to Worlds in Collision
 ''The Behavior of the Scientific Community was and still is a psychological phenomenon. The spectacle of the scientific establishment going through the past, though Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen for a charlatan. voices in science usually served to discourage the trail blazers-think of Kelvin, unsurpassed authority of the later, who rejected Clerk Maxwell's electromagnetic theory, demeaned Guglielmo Marconi's radiotelegraphy, and his death in 1907.

If a sociologist endeavors to divide the guilt between the establishment and the non-conformist, and claims neutrality, then he did not learn to discern objectivity from neutrality. And if a professor of astronomy puts passages in my book which are not there and then makes the class of tuition-paying students roar by attacking those passages, this roar may still sound in his ears when there will be no merriment in it. In these antics, an experienced psychoanalyst recognizes a state of anxiety. 'We are shaking in our shoes-but with laughter' wrote an early critic, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin of HarvardActually the astronomers of that university must have been  threatened by the book and even an entire generation later, acting as if in peril, a Nobel prize winner wrote to a high school girl to close Worlds in Collision and not to open it again in her lifetime, only to admit three years later to the editor of Pensée That he never himself read the book. Those who act almost suicidally should keep their fingers on the pulse of time.''

Immanuel Velikovsky, 1974, My Challenge to Conventional Views in Science

Worlds in Collision, Macmillan & Co, New York, 1950; 1st edition, 1st printing (stated), p. xiii, 401: index, hardback covers; the spine is sunned; fine condition; signed and inscribed by author.    
This presentation copy is dated in hebrew: ''erev pesach'' / Eve of Passover = April 1, (or March 31) 1950. It is noteworthy that the first copies of Worlds in Collision were reported in bookstores only on April 3. As a result, this copy was part of the few copies received by Velikovsky under the Macmillan contract.

On February 25, 1974, the AAAS organized a symposium on Velikovsky's ideas. The meeting was held like a medieval disputation. Velikovsky has overcome himself in the fight with the inquisitors. However, he was pleased that his views could be compared by those of the scientific community.
As a result, in March of the same year, Velikovsky offers ''with appreciation'' a copy of Worlds in Collision to Leonard M. Rieser, who worked on the Manhattan Project and was the president of the AAAS in '74. 
See the transcript of the symposium (p. 616 ):

We added this copy: Doubleday, undated, New York, pp. xiii, 401: index; signed and inscribed; the dust jacket is sunned; fine condition.

Price: $ 120,000.00 (for both copies)

The Einstein - Velikovsky correspondence is discussed here: