Beyond Velikovsky: The History of a Public Controversy

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University of Illinois Press, 1999 - Science - 354 pages
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Since the appearance in 1950 of Worlds in Collision, Immanuel Velikovsky's radical theories of planetary physics have been the center of controversy. This book presents an analysis of the Velikovsky affair, resolves the misunderstandings and arguments between opposing camps, and leads us to an understanding of the scientific process itself.
 

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I first came across Immanuel Velikovsky’s books in 1951 when as an impressionable 20-year-old; I was serving in Labrador in the US Air Force. I read his “Worlds in Collision.” Right afterward I read ... Read full review

Contents

1 Early Publicity
3
2 Worlds in Collision
11
3 The First Battle
27
4 The Second Engagement
41
5 The End of the Beginning
64
An Analysis of the Velikovsky Affair
83
6 Is Velikovsky Right or Wrong?
85
7 Velikovskys Physical Science
98
Beyond the Velikovsky Affair
183
11 Motives for Believing
185
12 Accomplices to Belief
194
13 Blundering Critics
209
14 Means of Persuasion
227
15 Some Realities about Science
251
16 Analogous Cases
309
Epilogue
319

8 PseudoScientists Cranks Crackpots
135
9 A Nontechnical Case against Velikovsky
154
10 Intermezzo
175

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Bauer is a professor of chemistry and science studies at Virginind State University.

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